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Why Ukraine can't hold elections during war: Zelenskyy's answer

Why Ukraine can't hold elections during war: Zelenskyy's answer President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Maria Kholina

There are several reasons that make holding elections during wartime impossible. Among them is, for instance, the need for appropriate changes in legislation, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"To hold elections during wartime in Ukraine, there has to be a change of the relevant legislation. Elections cannot be held during wartime," explained the president.

According to Zelenskyy, among other reasons are:

Elections in Ukraine

At the end of July 2023, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, explained that the Constitution of Ukraine does not prohibit holding elections during war. However, the prohibition is contained in the Law "On the Legal Regime of Martial Law." This also applied to parliamentary elections, which were supposed to take place on October 29 of the same year. Presidential elections were planned for the end of March 2024.

In early February, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksii Danilov, warned that Russian propaganda would use the topic of presidential elections to destabilize Ukraine.