: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine’s Local Polls, Marred by Irregularities in Big Cities, Show East-West Split Remains

The ruling coalition won most local elections across Ukraine on October 25, according to preliminary figures. Results from the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) are expected next week, but it is already clear that compared to the 2010 local elections, the kleptocratic elites who used to support former President Viktor Yanukovych lost dominant positions in most local councils. However, the popularity of the pro-Western coalition, which has been ruling Ukraine since last year, declined compared to last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections. Millions of Ukrainians were disenfranchised because of war, and the elections were marred by irregularities in the key cities …read more

Source: The Jamestown Foundation

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