Half of parliament’s 450 seats will be chosen from these party lists; voters will choose the other half in head-to-head races in 225 districts.

The process by which the party conventions chose candidates is worrisome, and reveals a dearth of new faces as well as a bankruptcy of fresh ideas or honest discourse.

Many candidates for the proportional party lists were chosen in secrecy. Even other party members were kept in the dark. Journalists had to rely on leaks to figure out who made the pro-presidential Party of Regions’ list of top 100 candidates. Nataliya Korolevska – who positions herself as a progressive – only revealed her party’s top 10 list.

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