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Ukraine's 2019 elections: Why voting against all is wrong

Author : 112.ua News Agency

This year’s Ukrainian voting paper would be very long; more and more candidates are registered by the Central Electoral Commission
17:00, 30 January 2019

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This year’s Ukrainian voting paper would be very long; more and more candidates are registered by the Central Election Commission (CEC). What can we say for sure is that there would not be “none of the above” option. If you have not chosen anyone from the long list of candidates, what should you do?

“None of the above” option was excluded from the ballots on November 18, 2011: Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada adopted these amendments due to the uselessness of this “protest column.”

In the 2004 elections, this option was even more popular than the candidate who ranked fifth; Natalia Vitrenko gained 1.53% of the vote, while 1.98% of the voters voted "against all."

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By choosing the “none of the above” option, the voter actually declines his responsibility for the decision taken by the others. That is, it would be impossible to use his ballot for some fraud, at the same time, this did not carry any semantic meaning.

No matter how many people vote against – this does not change anything. Those "against all" votes have no legal consequences. In this case, the president is elected by a majority of the minority. According to electoral legislation of almost all European countries, the “against all” option is not included in the voting paper (except Greece, Spain, and France).

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Despite the fact that this year’s election list would be quite long, some people do not like any of the nominated candidates. In this case, there are at least three options here. Of course, you can simply skip the elections, the non-participation is not punished. However, this is a wrong approach. Your vote might disappear and actually worsen the position of a more worthy candidate. Or it might be used for fraud. No matter how hard the CEC tries, the fraud would take place.

If you do not like any of the candidates from the ballot, you can put a tick in several boxes. Your ballot will be declared invalid, so nobody can use it for counting out.

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Even if you cannot find your ideal candidate, just chose lesser of two evils. After all, there would be a candidate whom you definitely do not want to see as president. So vote at least for his direct opponent.

Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for March 31, 2019. But the election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates would last until February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates will appear. The candidates would be able to withdraw his candidacy until March 7, 2019.

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