- Watch the election observation video produced by IFES and the Central Election Commission on Election Day procedures.
In February 2014, violent clashes between protesters and government authorities led to the flight of former President Viktor Yanukovych and a new government coming to power in Ukraine. One of the first acts of this new government was to schedule early presidential elections on May 25.
This presidential election will give Ukrainians the first opportunity to express their democratic will since the fall of Yanukovych's government. Of particular importance is the question of Ukraine’s unity and its future relationships with Russia and the West. The election will also serve to confer legitimacy on the new Ukrainian authorities.
In addition to the presidential election, a number of local council and mayoral elections, as well as a parliamentary by-election, will be held on May 25.
To help you understand these pivotal elections, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Ukraine: May 25 Early Presidential Election. IFES FAQs include:
• Why is this presidential election so important?
• Which institutions will administer this election?
• Who will observe the presidential elections?
• What is the legal framework for elections in Ukraine?
• Who are the registered presidential candidates for the May 25 election?
Download IFES' FAQs on Elections in Ukraine: May 25 Early Presidential Election.
Learn more about IFES' program in Ukraine.