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Zelensky addresses Ukrainians, announces poll on day of local elections

Source : 112 Ukraine

Voters will be asked five important questions
11:38, 13 October 2020

 AFP 

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky recorded a video address to all citizens of Ukraine. He called on everyone to come and vote on the upcoming local elections. The video appeal was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"On October 25, I will ask you five important questions about what we discuss on the street, in our kitchens, and on the Internet, what we argue with friends, parents, or taxi drivers about, about what we have never been asked before. Five important questions to find out your opinion. Not opinion of politicians from high offices, independent experts on TV shows, or agents of other states. For the first time in the history of independence, we will ask you: what do you think?" he stated.

Zelensky added that he would announce the questions later.

Related: If not for local elections, there would be fewer cases of Covid-19 in Ukraine, - Zelensky

As we reported earlier, Zelensky stated that the elections in the uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions could not take place due to the absence of the control of the border by the Ukrainian side.

“I told to President of France Macron and Chancellor of Germany Merkel and President of Russia Putin that we will not have observers there if there is no border if we cannot control the pace of the election. Any of the western observers would be able to come there. That is why the elections will never be open there. From the point of view of safety, there will no free access for all parties. But it should be – the free will of people should take place. No law enforcement system will be there. We do not know what will take place if there is no controlled border between Ukraine and Russia,” he said.

Related: Local elections 2020: All you need to know about key powers of Ukraine's municipal authorities

Ukraine to hold nationwide local elections on October 25, with runoff elections scheduled for three weeks later.

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