In times of crisis, the decision to hold or postpone elections will always have far-reaching consequences, whether the reason behind it is external pressure like war or serious internal strife within the country. So, political professionals need to observe Ukraine’s current situation and learn about how to navigate electoral strategy in a possible future crisis.
The last time Ukraine organised a presidential election was in March 2019. Although the country is at war, there is growing pressure on Zelenskyy to hold an election in the coming months. Several US Senators, including Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Elizabeth Warren highlighted the need for new elections in the country.
Ukraine officials even said to the Washington Post that Russia is pushing the narrative through backchannels to create chaos and division within the country. While the possibility of holding an election this fall was seriously considered, Zelenskyy decided to postpone it, citing the difficulties of the war. How does this affect the electoral playing field?