Election Resources on the Internet:
Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine
by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera

Ukraine held an early presidential election on Sunday, May 25, 2014, following the impeachment of President Viktor Yanukovych by the country's unicameral Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada or Supreme Council last February 22. Political developments from 1991 to 2010 are reviewed in Ukraine holds an early parliamentary election and Ukraine's 2010 presidential election: another power struggle to follow?, both published on Global Economy Matters.

The 2014 presidential election in Ukraine did not take place in the Crimean peninsula, which last March was occcupied by and subsequently annexed to Russia. In addition, large portions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine are controlled by pro-Russian separatists, who sought to prevent the election from being held in those regions.

Nationwide, regional- and (for 2004, 2010 and 2014) district-level results are available here for the following presidential and legislative elections:

      May 25, 2014       President               
      October 28, 2012                Supreme Council      
      January 17-February 7, 2010       President               
      September 30, 2007                Supreme Council      
      March 26, 2006                Supreme Council      
      December 26, 2004       President               

The election statistics presented in this space - which (for 2004, 2010 and 2014) now include the special district (No. 226) set aside for Ukrainians abroad - come from results published by Ukraine's Central Election Commission, which has detailed 2014 presidential election results available in Ukrainian here, updated as of May 31, 2014. Note that for the Commission's pages to display properly on web browsers running under Windows-based operating systems, it may be necessary to manually set the character encoding to Cyrillic (Windows-1251).

Concerning the 2012 legislative election, please note that it was held under an electoral system in which half the Supreme Council's seats were filled in single-member districts, and the other half by proportional representation (PR) - unlike in 2006 and 2007, when all the members of the Supreme Council were chosen by PR. It must be noted as well that a report issued on January 2013 by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR) - which deployed an Election Observation Mission for the 2012 Supreme Council election - concluded that the event was characterized by the lack of a level playing field, further noting that the election was marked by the abuse of state resources, lack of transparency of campaign and party financing and the lack of balanced media coverage.

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