President Volodymyr Zelensky, talked about strategis to apply, in order to conduct a legitimate election in Ukraine amid war.
28th August 2023 04:10 PM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is keen to hold national elections even amid the ongoing Russian invasion, but financial support would be needed from the United States or the European Union.
Zelensky said; “According to the law, it is forbidden to hold elections under martial law, “It would be very difficult to stage the elections, he said, noting that one prerequisite would be financial support for the process from the U.S. and the EU.
“”I will not hold elections on credit, I will not withdraw funds from defence for the elections either,” “For that, parliament would have to “quickly” change the applicable laws, he added.
He therefore revealed that in order to condoct a legitimate elections, soldiers should be able to vote, stressing that election observers would also have to be sent to the trenches.
Zelensky further noted that it was necessary to ensure that the millions of Ukrainian refugees who have fled to safety throughout Europe would be able to participate. ”Seven million refugees must be able to vote. We need every vote,” he added.
Earlier, during a visit to Kiev, Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, he demanded that Ukraine should hold elections not later than 2024, inspite the war.