The most remote polling station, located 15 thousand km from Kyiv, will be equipped at the Antarctic Vernadsky Research Base for the presidential elections in Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine.
On March 31, 34 people will vote in Antarctica, including 11 members of the permanent expedition who have been at the station for a whole year, as well as 23 scientists from the seasonal expedition who arrived at the station at the end of January.
The election procedure at the Vernadsky Research Base will be held according to special rules. In particular, instead of the original bulletins, polar explorers use their printed scanned copies, which will be sent by the Central Election Commission the day before voting. On the election day, a self-made voting booth and ballot boxes will be installed in the canteen at the station. The votes will be counted in the presence of all members of the expedition.
Responsibility for ensuring the voting process is assigned to an election commission consisting of four polar explorers.
It will only be possible to transfer the commission’s protocol with the wet stamp to Ukraine one month after the elections. Therefore, the scanned copies of documents will be promptly transmitted from the station to the CEC.
Members of the Ukrainian Antarctic expeditions have had the opportunity to vote from Vernadsky Research Base since 1998.
As it was reported earlier, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine has created 199 district election commissions for the upcoming presidential election on March 31.
Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for March 31, 2019. The election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates was closed on February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates has appeared. The candidates would be able to withdraw their candidacy until March 7, 2019. Ukraine's CEC has registered 44 presidential candidates.