The Central Election Committee of Ukraine has completed the procedure of registration of presidential candidates who will be running for the office on March 31. Interfax news agency reported that on Monday.
Sunday, February 3, was the deadline for when the candidates to file the applications. Most notably, President Petro Poroshenko was among those who filed on that day.
Apart from the incumbent head of the Ukrainian state, 16 more people filed the documents to be registered as the presidential race participants. That included reporter Dmytro Hnap, famous for his part in a number of high-profile journalist investigations and Vira Savchenko, the sister of Nadiya Savchenko; she did not register herself but her sister, who claimed to be running for the presidency. Nadiya Savchenko is now in custody, as the court considers her case under several tough charges, including the coup d'etat attempt.
89 people expressed the will to run for the presidency. 28 candidates were registered; the applications of another 22 were turned down.