Photo Gallery: Ukrainians Vote in 2019 Early Parliamentary Elections
On July 21, Ukrainians went to the polls to cast votes for their next Parliament in early elections. The Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC) reported an overall voter turnout of 49.84 percent at the closing of polls, based on preliminary reports about voter participation received shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday. The elections were held under a parallel election system, where half of the seats in Parliament are elected through closed-list proportional representation and the other half through first-past-the-post single-member districts. Most Ukrainians received two ballots: one for candidates for their single-member district and the other for political parties contesting the national constituency. Those voting away from their official place of residence, such as those who are internally displaced, voting abroad or internal migrants, only received the ballot for political parties. Due to conflict and the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, elections were not held in 26 of the possible 225 single-member districts, meaning the new Parliament will be made up of 424 representatives in total.
In general, no major procedural violations were observed by domestic and international observers during the voting process. According to preliminary reports by Ukrainian nongovernmental organization Civil Network OPORA, isolated cases of irregularities occurred on Election Day during voting but were not systematic and did not appear to impact the outcome of the vote.
On Election Day, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Ukraine team was joined by representatives from international partners who provide support and funding to IFES’ program in Ukraine, visiting 16 polling stations in Kyiv during the opening of polls and throughout voting on Election Day. IFES' program in Ukraine is made possible with the support of the United States Agency for International Development, Global Affairs Canada and UK aid.
A photo gallery of Election Day can be found here or by clicking on the image below.