Ukraine’s leader has said a vote can’t be held while martial law is in effect
The time is not right for elections in Ukraine, President Vladimir Zelensky said on Monday. His comments come after months of pressure by the West to hold a parliamentary vote in the country.
The elections, which were supposed to be held this month, have been postponed indefinitely on account of martial law, which was instituted in February 2022. Ukrainian laws forbid voting or campaigning during the state of emergency.
“We must decide that now is the time of defense, the time of battle, on which the fate of the state and people depends,” Zelensky said in his daily address. “I believe that now is not the time for elections,” but for Ukraine to stay united, he added.
Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmitry Kuleba, said last week that Zelensky was “weighing” whether to hold a presidential election in 2024. Kuleba noted that such a vote would be difficult to organize, with millions of Ukrainians out of the country due to the conflict with Russia, and hundreds of thousands fighting on the front lines.