Apparently Ukraine does not want to hold elections in 2024. It is supported by more than 100 Ukrainian human rights organizations, including Transparency International Ukraine, the Kyiv School of Economics, the civil network OPORA and the CHESNO movement. According to a public appeal, presidential elections during war are “inexcusable”.
And further: “The idea of elections during an ongoing war is dangerous and could lead to the loss of legitimacy of both the process and the elected bodies. This can destabilize the entire state to a great extent. Elections alone do not make democracy. The mere act of voting does not prove that a regime is truly democratic. “Elections will be free only when political competition is possible during the election campaign.”
The NGOs’ support comes in response to growing calls from international partners, including US Senator Lindsey Graham, for Ukraine to hold elections in March 2024. “I want to have free and fair elections in this country, even if they are under attack,” the senator said. “I believe that the time has come for Ukraine to take the next step in its democratic development, and especially to hold elections in 2024,” he also stressed.
In August, Zelensky stressed that he “definitely will not take any money from the budget for the elections next year, because then the army will disappear from its defense functions” (eXXpress reports). To make this happen, the EU and the United States will have to dig deep into their pockets – this election is believed to cost an additional five billion euros.