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Why Ukraine’s local elections matter

Wednesday, 21 October 2020


Andrius Kubilius
Chairman of EURONEST and MEP, European Parliament
Melinda Haring
Deputy Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
Olena Carbou
Executive Director & Co-founder, Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels
Viktor Zamiatin
Director of Political and Legal Programmes, Razumkov Centre


Amanda Paul
Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

On 25 October 2020, Ukrainians go to the polls to elect their local authorities. These will be the first elections under the country’s new electoral code adopted in December 2019, making the results more consequential for voters. It will also serve as the first major electoral test for Zelenskyy and the Servant of the People party since his unprecedented victory last year. The ongoing decentralisation reform process has significantly strengthened the position of elected local officials. While supporters of reform see it as a step towards greater democracy, it also creates the potential for confrontation between the central government and the empowered municipal officials.
If support for Zelenskyy’s party shows signs of decline, local elites may be less inclined to align themselves with the President.

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