Understanding Ukraine's Upcoming Elections

Oct. 16, 2012, 9:51 p.m.

With Ukraine's October 28th parliamentary elections  on the horizon,  IFES conducted a public opinion survey to understand citizen attitudes surrounding political life, and a pre-election technical assessment of Ukraine's electoral atmosphere. Both sets of results suggest that although Ukraine has improved various aspects of the electoral system and the legal framework governing it,  several areas still need to be addressed. The key findings of the survey show:

  • Confidence in President Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Head of United Opposition/Batkivshchyna Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

  • Satisfaction with the president's handling of job creation, inflation, pension reform and efforts to address corruption

  • Concern about the integrity of the election

For a complete discussion of the findings, read the full survey report here. Key areas of the technical assessment include:

  • Voter education and training

  • Transparency in voter list verification

  • Polling station operations

  • Access for observers to all election processes

Read the full assessment here. Read more about IFES' programs in Ukraine.

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