Only half of those who submitted
documents to the Central Election Commission were registered as
official candidates, the rest were turned down because they failed to
produce the full set of required documents, including proof of
putting down the deposit of Hr 2.5 million for running. Some of the
candidates intentionally filed documents proving that their deposit
was smaller (Hr 25 and Hr 170 in two cases). OPORA found no violation
of candidates’ rights to be registered.
OPORA also observed that the number of
candidates representing political parties has gone down in the
current election. Only 52 percent of the candidates are party
members, but 70 percent are self-nominated. By comparison, in 1999
presidential election 80 percent of the candidates had party
membership, and 20 percent were self-nominated. This means that
politicians are trying to distance themselves from their political
This year’s election is unprecedented
because none of the nation’s top officials are running for president.
None of the candidates work in the Cabinet or central government
organs. Also, because former President Viktor Yanukovych is not
running, there is no influence on the campaign from the acting head
of state. By comparison, in 2010, the president, speaker and prime
minister ran for president. The absence of top officials might reduce
administrative pressure and conflicts related to abuse of office in
this election campaign.