Presidential elections to cost more than parliamentary elections in Ukraine

Presidential elections to cost more than parliamentary elections in Ukraine

Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC) has approved budget estimates under budget programs for the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine in the amount of over UAH 2.3 billion and UAH 1.9 billion, respectively.

Respective decisions were approved at a commission meeting on Thursday, January 3, an Ukrinform correspondent said.

In particular, the CEC approved the budget for the holding of the presidential election at over UAH 2.354 billion.

In addition, the budget for the holding of parliamentary elections in the country was approved at over UAH 1.949 billion.

The CEC also approved this year's budget estimate under the program "The functioning of the State Register of Voters" in the amount of over UAH 223.539 million.

At the same time, the meeting participants approved the estimate of expenditures of the Central Election Commission for the preparation and holding of the presidential elections on March 31 in the amount of UAH 266.03 million.

The presidential election campaign began in Ukraine on December 31, 2018.

The nomination of candidates by parties or through self-nomination for the post of head of state and the submission of documents by candidates to the Central Election Commission will last from December 31, 2018 until February 3, 2019. Before submitting documents to the CEC, a candidate or a party that nominated him or her must make a deposit of UAH 2.5 million. The registration of presidential candidates will last until February 8 inclusive.

Election campaigning begins the day after the date of registration of a candidate for the post of the head of state and ends at 00:00 on the last Friday before the day of voting, that is, on March 29.

Voting in the presidential election will be held on March 31, 2019, from 08:00 to 20:00.

The CEC should announce the voting results before April 10.

The newly elected president should take office not later than 30 days after the announcement of official election results.

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