Ukrainian presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko can refuse to participate in the second round of elections until the end of April 7. This is what Svitlana Kustova, a member of the Central Election Commission, said in a comment to Ukrainian News.
"In accordance with the approved schedule, an application for refusal to run for the presidency is allowed until April 7, inclusive, and the decision to cancel is made by the CEC until April 8, inclusive," said Kustova.
It is reported that if the candidate who left for the second round refuses to run presidency, then the next candidate with the most votes will be included in the second round (in the March 31 elections, Yulia Tymoshenko took third place).
President Poroshenko announced his intention to undergo a test of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the beginning of the next week, as Ukrainian boxer, former world champion Vladimir Klitschko had previously proposed to presidential candidates.
Let us recall that during the presidential campaign in 2014, Poroshenko himself refused from participating in the debates with another presidential aspirant Yuliya Tymoshenko, his key competitor. Poroshenko explained his unwillingness by the fact that Ukraine "is in a state of war. All people emphasize that the country needs unity. If we start quarreling now, our rivals would benefit from it."