The upcoming May 25 presidential election is classified as “dangerous.” Today, all eyes are glued to the separatist attacks in the east, the number of Russian soldiers at Ukraine’s borders and the courteous exchanges between diplomats of Ukraine, Russia, America and the European Union. Uncertainty about the ability of Ukraine to organize the election process only increases the tension, and is compounded by the irresponsible attitude of some candidates, public anxiety and expectations of what tomorrow will bring. The National Security and Defense Council and the Foreign Ministry have stated that Russia is bent on disrupting the election process, or to completely de-legitimize it. Throughout its post-Soviet history, Ukraine has had no practical experience in dealing with such a high level of security and foreign invasion threats. However, there is enough time for all citizens to adopt the right behavior tactics and security measures to be able to vote.
Gentle reminders from U.S. and European partners on the need to elect a new president and receive much needed technical and financial assistance attached to this event put an end to discussions on declaring a state of emergency.
Chances to quell the terrorist actions by enacting any kind of heightened state is doubtful, but the organization of the electoral process would be jeopardized.
Postponing the election date would give the Russian Federation additional time to implement a full-scale intervention, allow corruption to permeate at the local government level, and destabilize the situation.
However the situation develops in Ukraine, the election is the only way out of the crisis. But only under the condition that everyone in the entire territory of Ukraine gets a chance to vote, including voters in temporarily occupied Crimea
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