No elections were scheduled in the Donbas for the first round of the Ukrainian presidential vote of the 31st of March 2019.
The members of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine are Petro Poroshenko’s people; personally fed and charged to realise his plan to remain for a second term. Virtually all district election commissions are manned by Petro Poroshenko; he personally selected almost all members of district election commissions.
A pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative around the Ukrainian elections. The Central Election Commission of Ukraine is an independent state body. The Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine, appoints and terminates the powers of the members of the Commission on the proposal of the President of Ukraine. The proposals of parliamentary factions and groups are taken into account as well. The representatives of the CEC of Ukraine-2019 were delegated by different political parties. The Verkhovna Rada elected members of the Central Election Commission in September 2018. Members of the district election commissions for election-2019 were appointed by the Central Election Commission of Ukraine.