Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a Monday address to his nation, said it would be irresponsible to hold the scheduled 2024 Ukraine presidential election considering the ongoing war with their neighbor, Russia.
Zelensky says "Now is not the time" to hold an election in Ukraine.
The question is, given his habit of arresting political enemies and banning their TV stations, does Zelensky ever think it's time for an election?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 6, 2023
Zelensky urged everyone to focus on the ongoing war with Russia and the country’s defense.
BILLIONS to protect Democracy was a BIG FAT LIE in corrupt Ukraine:
DICTATOR Puppet Zelensky cancels Ukraine Presidential election–AGAIN.
— CaptMike (@getcloserhome) November 7, 2023
“Now everyone should think about defending our country. We need to pull ourselves together, avoid unwinding and splitting up into disputes or other priorities,” Zelensky said, according to a translation by the Ukrainian state outlet Ukrinform. “If there is no victory, there will be no country. Our victory is possible. It will come if we all focus on it. Not on politicking or searching for some personal interest. Not on disagreements that will do nothing for the country, defense, and our advancement. We all understand that now, in wartime, when there are so many challenges, it is absolutely irresponsible to throw the topic of elections into society in a lighthearted and playful way. I believe that now is not the right time for elections,” he repeated later in his address. “And if we need to put an end to a political dispute and c. continue to work in unity, there are structures in the state that are capable of putting an end to it and giving society all the necessary answers.”
Zelensky to cancel Ukrainian election!
Says now is “not the right time for elections” and that Ukraine must dedicate all resources to defense.
Zelensky holding Ukraine hostage and refusing to relinquish power. Zelensky has been upgraded to dictator. https://t.co/jZMLoEJrZd
— Clandestine (@WarClandestine) November 6, 2023
The legality of the 2024 election could be questioned as Ukraine’s constitution prohibits elections in wartime. However, Zelensky —whose current term ends in 2024— has previously stated that he would be open to holding elections in Ukraine if Western countries paid for them.
As recently as November 3, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba revealed that Zelensky was considering holding elections as scheduled in the spring of 2024.
“We are not closing this page. The president of Ukraine is considering and weighing the different pros and cons,” Kuleba said during an online appearance at the World Policy Conference.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), during a visit to Ukraine, insisted that the election must be held for evidence of democratic health.
“But I am also going to tell him this: You’ve got to do two things at once,” Graham said. “We need an election in Ukraine next year. I want to see this country have a free and fair election even while it is under assault.”