Public and Political Outlook in Ukraine

October 17, 2012 to October 17, 2012 - IFES

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Ukraine's October 28 parliamentary elections will be the first since 2002 held under a mixed system of single-member districts and proportional representation. This marks a historic shift in the country's legislative structure, but Ukrainians are heading to the polls with a pessimistic outlook on the state of affairs in the country and divided loyalties in political party support.

To better understand the current electoral and political climate in Ukraine, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) deployed a pre-election evaluation mission and conducted its 20th public opinion survey in the country. IFES analyzed several key aspects of the election legal framework, as well as issues of preparation and general administration of the elections, making recommendations on how to improve the electoral environment both prior to the October 28 Election Day and in the longer term. The IFES public opinion poll surveyed citizens throughout the country on their thoughts on politics, economic issues and current events. The survey reveals a continued lack of confidence in key political leaders in the country. Additionally, the majority of Ukrainians surveyed expressed concern about the integrity of the election process in Ukraine.

Please join us for a discussion of IFES' latest public opinion survey covering these issues, as well as a look at Ukrainians' changing views on political finance, the media and democracy.

Featured Speakers:

  • Rakesh Sharma, Director, Applied Research Center, IFES
  • Gavin Weise, Deputy Director, Europe and Asia, IFES

Please RSVP by Monday, October 15, by registering online.

This event will be webcast. Please visit our Multimedia page at the time of the event to watch online.

Learn more about IFES' work in Ukraine.


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