Ukraine Local Elections: October 25, 2020


A voter in the 2007 parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Russianname (CC BY-SA 4.0)

KEY FACTS
Freedom House Rating

Partly Free
Government Type
Semi-Presidential Republic
Population
43.9 million
UPCOMING ELECTIONS
Local Elections
October 25, 2020
Parliamentary Elections

By October 29, 2023
Presidential Election
March/April 2024 (due)
PAST ELECTIONS
Parliamentary Elections
July 21, 2019
Presidential Election
March 3, 2019 (Second round: April 21, 2019)
Local Elections
October 25, 2015

Ukraine is holding local elections on October 25, 2020. Voters will elect mayors and local councils throughout the country. Additionally, a nonbinding

nationwide poll would be conducted on election day, with five questions yet to be announced.

Political Context

These elections are happening in the context of a hybrid war that Russia is waging on Ukraine – currently in its seventh year – and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

Since the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests that ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych from office, Ukraine has been implementing a series of reforms and making progress toward a stronger democracy. Nonetheless, many issues remain – notably endemic corruption.

In the upcoming local elections, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his party will seek to consolidate power further, after victories in recent presidential and legislative elections. Zelenskyy, a former actor and comedian, won the 2019 presidential election by a landslide, trouncing incumbent Petro Poroshenko and political veterans such as former prime ministerYulia Tymoshenko.

Zelenskyy had not had any previous experience in politics, but more than half the country had watched his satirical television show “Servant of the People.” Naturally, he named his party after his TV show. Servant of the People subsequently swept the parliamentary elections to win an unprecedented majority. More than half of its MPs are new to politics.

Curated News and Analysis

BNE Intellinews (October 15, 2020): Zelenskiy launches poll ahead of regional elections in controversial move that captures news agenda

Anna Peshkova, 112Ukraine: All-Ukrainian poll on local election day: What questions Zelensky should ask Ukrainians on October 25?

Bohdan Nahaylo, Atlantic Council (October 13, 2020): Ukraine’s pro-Russian forces plotting winter of discontent

Taras Kuzio, Atlantic Council (August 20, 2020): Vladimir Putin’s forever war against Ukraine continues

The Economist (August 24, 2018): Politics surpasses satire in Ukraine

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Updated October 16, 2020

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