Disinfo: Phenomenal number of Ukrainians couldn’t vote in the elections


A phenomenal number of Ukrainians did not have the possibility to vote in parliamentary elections. It was a dirty electoral campaign, with colossal pressure.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the elections in Ukraine, seeking to undermine their legitimacy. See previous case: 10 million Ukrainians are not allowed to vote in presidential election in Ukraine.

According to the preliminary report by the OSCE, Ukraine’s early parliamentary elections were efficiently run and respected fundamental freedoms.

International observers note, that the parliamentary elections in Ukraine took place in the context of ongoing armed conflict in the east of Ukraine and the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation, which meant that voting could not take place in Crimea or the regions controlled by illegal armed groups.

Nevertheless, the OSCE  welcomed the fact that the simplified procedure for internally displaced persons to change their voting address has been extended to all voters across the country.

According to the EP election observation delegation: "The Central Election Commission has notably done its best to correct several shortcomings identified during the presidential elections earlier this year, such as the registration process for IDPs or mobile workers. The rising public confidence in this institution is a well-deserved testimony of these efforts."



  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Elections


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