CEC registers three more presidential candidates

CEC registers three more presidential candidates

Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered Studio Kvartal 95 leader Volodymyr Zelensky, former Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) chief Ihor Smeshko and former MP Inna Bohoslovska as candidates for the post of Ukraine's president in the election scheduled for March 31.

The CEC made respective decisions at a meeting on Wednesday, an Ukrinform correspondent said.

Earlier, the Servant of the People Party nominated Zelensky for president.

Smeshko and Bohoslovska are running for the presidency as self-nominees.

As of January 30, the CEC registered 26 candidates for the post of the head of state, in particular, Ihor Shevchenko, Serhiy Kaplin, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Vitaliy Skotsyk, Andriy Sadovy, Vitaliy Kupriy, Yevhen Murayev, Anatoliy Hrytsenko, Hennadiy Balashov, Olha Bohomolets, Oleksandr Shevchenko, Roman Nasirov, Yuriy Boiko, Oleh Liashko, Arkadiy Kornatsky, Oleksandr Vilkul, Yulia Tymoshenko, Dmytro Dobrodomov, Oleksandr Moroz, Illia Kyva, Ruslan Koshulynsky, Oleksandr Danyliuk, Serhiy Taruta, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ihor Smeshko, and Inna Bohoslovska.

The presidential election campaign began in Ukraine on December 31, 2018. The nomination of candidates by political parties or by self-nomination, as well as the submission of documents by candidates to the CEC, will last until February 3, 2019.

Before submitting documents to the Central Election Commission, a candidate or a party that nominated him or her must make a deposit of UAH 2.5 million (about $90,000). The registration of candidates for the presidency will last until February 8 inclusive.

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