May 25, 2014 Held



Election for Ukrainian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:18,019,477
Valid Votes:17,774,827
Invalid Votes:244,650

Vote Share by Candidate:

Petro POROSHENKO9,857,118


Yulia TYMOSHENKO2,309,836


Oleg LYASHKO1,500,349


Anatoliy HRYTSENKO989,028


Serhiy TIHIPKO943,452


Mykhailo DOBKIN546,138


Vadim RABINOVICH406,369


Olga BOGOMOLETS345,386


Petro SYMONENKO272,824


Oleh TYAHNYBOK210,513


Dmytro YAROSH127,818


Andriy GRINENKO73,277


Valeriy KONOVALYUK69,569


Yuriy BOYKO35,927


Mykola MALOMUZH23,897


Renat KUZMIN18,689


Vasyl KUYBIDA12,392


Oleksandr KLYMENKO10,545


Vasyl TSUSHKO10,440


Volodymyr SARANOV6,239


Zoran SHKIRIAK5,021

Election Results Modified: May 30, 2014

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of Ukraine

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Acting President Oleksandr TURCHYNOV[1]
  • Head of Government: Interim Prime Minister Arseniy YATSENYUK[2]
  • Assembly: Ukraine has a unicameral Supreme Council (Verkhovna Rada) with 450 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by an absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.

Election Notes:

  • This presidential election was originally scheduled to take place on 26 February 2015. However, on 21 February 2014, amid violent street protests, President YANUKOVYCH signed a deal with the political opposition that included holding the presidential election by the end of the year. After President YANUKOVYCH was impeached by parliament the next day and an interim government installed, the parliament voted to hold this election on 25 May. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, a second round runoff election will be held on 15 June.
  • From 7-14 April 2014, the Central Election Commission (CEC) passed several amendments to the electoral law aimed at improving the transparency and fairness of the process. For example, there are clearer stipulations of permitted pre-election “agitation” activities, new requirements for media outlets to ensure more balanced coverage of the election (including a televised debate and stricter advertisement laws), and provisions for greater transparency of candidate information and opinion polling data. Several technical and logistical provisions were also passed.

Main candidates in this presidential race:[3]

Population and Voter Registration:[9]

  • Population: 44,291,413 (July 2014 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 35,500,913 (April 2014)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 24,364,935 (2014)

·         Is Ukraine a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Ukraine ratified CEDAW: Yes (12 March 1981)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 42 (following the 2012 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 81 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Ukraine a signatory to CRPD: Yes (24 September 2008)

·         Has Ukraine ratified CRPD: Yes (4 February 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 6,643,711 (est.)

[1] TURCHYNOV was appointed Acting President on 23 February 2014, one day after former President YANUKOVYCH was impeached and fled the country.

[2] YATSENYUK was appointed Interim Prime Minister by the Supreme Council (Verkhovna Rada) on 27 February 2014.

[3] List of candidates as of May 2, 2014. Two candidates, Natalia KOROLEVSKA and Oleg TSAROV had been approved to compete in the election, but withdrew.

[5] Served as Vice Prime Minister from December 24, 2012 to February 27, 2014. BOYKO was expelled from the Party of Regions on 7 April 2014.

[6] DOBKIN is the official candidate of the Party of Regions. BOYKO, TIHIPKO, and TSAROV had also looked to run for the Party of Regions, but are instead contesting the election as independents.

[7] POROSHENKO is contesting the election as an independent. Vitaly KLITSCHKO, who was also expected to contest the election, dropped out to support POROSHENKO in the election, and will instead run for Mayor of Kyiv.

[8] TIHIPKO was expelled from the Party of Regions on 7 April 2014.

[9] Population and registered voters include Ukrainians living in the occupied Autonomous Region of Crimea.

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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