Kiev local election, 2014
Local elections in Kiev for the post of Mayor and members of Kiev City Council took place on 25 May 2014 as part of the 2014 Ukrainian local elections. Vitali Klitschko won the mayoral election with almost 57% of the votes, while his party the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform won 73 of the 120 seats in the Kiev City Council.
Secretary of the Kiev City Council Halyna Hereha has been acting mayor since Leonid Chernovetsky resigned as the Mayor of Kiev on 1 June 2012. Hereha asked the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) to issue an instruction on holding an early mayoral election on 19 July 2012; the parliament has not considered this issue yet. On 7 March 2013 the Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building and Local Government recommended that parliament should schedule the elections of the Mayor of Kiev and members of the Kiev City Council for 2 June 2013. On 2 April 2013 the Verkhovna Rada failed to set any date for the elections because the Party of Regions faction wanted to wait for a ruling from the Constitutional Court of Ukraine on "whether regular elections to local government agencies can be held at different time intervals, rather than simultaneously". The Constitutional Court started considering this case on 11 April 2013. On 29 May 2013 the Constitutional Court set the date of the election as 25 October 2015. The court reasoned that amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine that came into force on 1 February 2011 stipulated that "the next local elections should be held simultaneously all over Ukraine on the last Sunday of October 2015."
The oppositional parties after the 2012 parliamentary election considered the City Council term of authority expired by July 2013 and effectively blocked attempts at its convening through mass protest in July 2013.
As of 7 March 2013 possible candidates for the post of the Mayor of Kiev were Vitali Klitschko (UDAR), Andriy Illyenko (Svoboda), Petro Poroshenko (independent candidate) and Oleh Liashko (Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko).
Oleksandr Popov of Party of Regions and former Head of Kiev City Administration stated in February 2013 that he was a candidate. On 14 December 2013 President Viktor Yanukovych suspended him as Head of the Kiev City State Administration. The same day the General Prosecutor of Ukraine's Office handed "a notification on suspicion of abuse of power when ordering the Euromaidan police actions of 30 November 2013" to Popov. On 25 April 2014 the Party of Regions announced that they would not put forward a candidate for the elections.
The Verkhovna Rada set a date for the elections on 25 February 2014, just after the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. However, it was later decided that date should be 25 May 2014, the same day as the Ukrainian presidential election.
|Lesya Orobets||114,137||8.46%||Did not run|
|Volodymyr Bondarenko||107,333||8%||Did not run|
|Andriy Illyenko||3.1%||Did not run|
|Invalid ballot papers|
|Total (turnout )|
City Council election
35 parties took part in these elections. 10 parties won seats. Those seats were won in 60 majority constituencies and another 60 on party lists. Several parties, among them Party of Regions, disappeared from the local parliament.
|Parties||Votes||%||Seats (proportional representation)||Seats (constituencies)||(proportional representation compared with proportional representation of 2008 election)|
|Democratic Party of Ukraine||0||2|
|Invalid ballot papers|
|Total (turnout %)||60||60|
|Note: UDAR contested the 2008 city council elections as political coalition Vitaliy Klychko Bloc, Batkivshchyna as Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and Unity as Oleksandr Omelchenko Bloc.|
Registered mayoral candidates
- Gennady Balashov (independent)
- Volodymyr Bondarenko (Batkivshchyna)
- Oleh Derevyanko (Ukrainian People's Party)
- Viktor Dovhy (independent)
- Andriy Illyenko (Svoboda)
- Valeriy Kandruk (independent)
- Mykola Katerynchuk (European Party of Ukraine)
- Vitali Klitschko (UDAR)
- Oleksandr Komnatsky (Communist Party of Ukraine)
- Vyacheslav Kyrylenko (For Ukraine!)
- Andriy Mirgorodsky (independent)
- Oleksiy Mochanov (All-Ukrainian Union "Democrats")
- Ihor Nasalyk (independent)
- Oleksandr Omelchenko (Unity)
- Lesya Orobets (independent)
- Ivan Saliy (independent)
- Viktor Smaliy (independent)
- Lyudmyla Vasylenko (independent)
- A man named Darth Vader (Internet Party of Ukraine)
Mayor of Kiev
According to a telephone poll conducted prior to the election by Sociological group "RATING" from 25 February to 6 March 2013, about 55% of the eligible voters would go to polling stations, and 31% of them would vote in the mayoral elections for Klitschko, 20.3% for Popov, and 7% for Poroshenko (all of them possible candidates). This poll also showed that if Klitschko and Popov would proceeded to a hypothetical second round 60.4% (of the respondents determined to vote) would cast their ballots for Klitschko and 26.5% for Popov. A June 2013 poll by GfK Ukraine gave Klitschko 32.7%, Popov 15.9% and Poroshenko 11.9%; 12.8% would ignore the election if Klitschko would not run for mayor.
A poll conducted from 22–28 March 2014 by "RATING" showed that out of the potential candidates at the time, Mykola Katerynchuk was the most popular among voters – 12% of those who intended to vote would cast their ballots for him. The poll gave 11% to Anatoliy Hrytsenko, 8% to Oleh Lyashko, 8% to Volodymyr Bondarenko, 8% to Yuriy Lutsenko, 5% to Volodymyr Makeyenko, 4% to Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, 4% to Lesya Orobets, 3% to Andriy Illyenko, 2% to Tetiana Montian and 1% to I. Lutsenko. It should be noted that the relevance of this poll is limited as at the time, Klitschko was not among the potential candidates for mayor, and several of the potential candidates then went on to register as candidates for the 2014 presidential election.
Kiev City Council
According to a poll conducted by Razumkov Center from 11 to 17 April 2014 (of the voters who had already determined their choice), 42.1% would vote for UDAR, 15.4% for Batkivschyna, 9.7% for Svoboda, 8.2% for Solidarity, 6.4% for European Party of Ukraine, 3.8% for Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko, 3.1% for Civil Position; Right Sector was close to the 3% barrier, since it had the support of 2.8% of those polled.[nb 1]
- In the poll conducted by Razumkov Center from 11 to 17 April 2014 1.6% of the respondents said they would vote for Party of Regions, 1.5% for Communist Party of Ukraine and Party "Kyiv is Above All", 1.3% for Democratic Alliance and 1.1% for Unity; Party "Samopomich" would gain less than 1%. Besides, 7.1% of voters said they would support neither of the parties, and 8.6% said they won't take part in the elections, 14.9% found it difficult to answer.
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(Ukrainian) 60% of the new Kyivrada is filled by UDAR, Ukrayinska Pravda (4 June 2014)
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(Ukrainian) 60% of the new Kyivrada is filled by UDAR, Ukrayinska Pravda (4 June 2014)
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- Nine parties including Democratic Alliance win seats in Kyiv Council, Interfax-Ukraine (2 June 2014)
- Сегодня начинается регистрация кандидатов на должность Киевского городского головы
- За пост мэра Киева будут бороться девять кандидатов
- (Ukrainian) According to the Kyiv mayor office 19 candidates compete, Ukrayinska Pravda (5 April 2014)
- Бондаренко не хочет сдавать мандат нардепа и еще не решил, пойдет ли в мэры Киева
- Дарта Вейдера зареєстровано кандидатом в мери Києва
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- Катеринчук будет баллотироваться на следующих выборах мэра Киева
- В Киеве зарегистрировали уже 5 кандидатов на должность мэра
- Кличко вирішив. Йде у мери Києва
- Klitschko will run for mayor of Kyiv, Interfax-Ukraine (29 March 2014)
- Кириленко идет в мэры Киева
- Kyiv Election Commission Registers Darth Vader As Candidate For Kyiv Mayor, Ukrainian News Agency (1 May 2014)
- Омельченко выдвинули кандидатом в мэры Киева
- Оробец идет в мэры Киева
- Ю. Луценко не исключает своего участия в выборах киевского городского головы
- Lutsenko not to take part in election of Kyiv Mayor
- Активіст Майдану Ігор Луценко балотуватиметься в мери столиці
- Макеенко не исключает, что пойдет в мэры Киева
- Оробець зняли з виборів
- С выборов мэра Киева сняли двух кандидатов
- Оробець повернули на вибори
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- Almost third of Kyiv residents want Klitschko as city mayor, says poll, Interfax-Ukraine (8 Juli 2013)
- Больше половины киевлян собираются участвовать в выборах мэра Киева - опрос
- Poll: Seven parties surmount 3% barrier at elections to Kyiv council under party lists, Interfax-Ukraine (25 April 2014)