Ukrainian presidential election, 1999
At the time of election the population in Ukraine was 50,105,600 with 34,017,400 living in cities. The most districts contained the Donetsk Oblast (23) as the most populous one, the least electoral districts among oblasts were in the Chernivtsi Oblast, only 4. The city of Kiev had 12 electoral districts and Sevastopol - 2. There also was a special out-of-country district available for voters who at the moment of elections were not available to vote in Ukraine.
There were 32 individuals who submitted their documents for registration as pretenders on candidate to the President of Ukraine. Out of them 19 pretenders were registered with the Central Election Commission of Ukraine to run for presidential elections, the rest 13 were denied in registration.
- Oleksandr Bazylyuk, by Slavic Party
- Hennadiy Balashov, by group of voters (Dnipropetrovsk)
- Ivan Bilas, by Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists
- Nataliya Vitrenko, by Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine
- Mykola Haber, by Patriotic Party of Ukraine
- Yuriy Karmazin, by Motherland Defenders Party
- Vitaliy Kononov, by Party of Greens of Ukraine
- Yuriy Kostenko, by group of voters (Kyiv)
- Leonid Kuchma, by group of voters (Kyiv)
- Yevhen Marchuk, by Bloc "Our President - Yevhen Marchuk!" (Social-Democratic Union, Christian-People's Union, Ukrainian Republican Party, Ukrainian Peasant Democratic Party)
- Oleksandr Moroz, by Socialist Party of Ukraine
- Hryhoriy Novodvorsky, by group of voters (Dashiv, Vinnytsia Oblast)
- Volodymyr Oliynyk, by group of voters (Kirovohrad)
- Vasyl Onopenko, by Ukrainian Social Democratic Party
- Mykhailo Pavlovsky, by group of voters (Khmelnytskyi)
- Oleksandr Rzhavsky, by All-Ukrainian Political Association "One Family"
- Petro Symonenko, by Communist Party of Ukraine
- Oleksandr Tkachenko, by Peasant Party of Ukraine
- Hennadiy Udovenko, by National Movement of Ukraine
- Udovenko and Kostenko initially were denied in registration, but on May 21, 1999 both were registered.
- Mykola Havrylov
- Borys Holodyuk, by group of voters (Monastyrets, Lviv Oblast)
- Volodymyr Huba, by group of voter (Kyiv)
- Valentyna Datsenko, by All-Ukrainian Party of Female Initiatives
- Tetyana Zadorozhna, by group of voters (Shakhtarsk)
- Oleh Kalashnikov, by group of voters (Kyiv)
- Valeriy Korotkov, by Women National Party (united)
- Dmytro Korchynsky, by group of voters (Pohoriltsi, Chernihiv Oblast)
- Pavlo Lazarenko, by Hromada
- Oleksandr Pukhkal, by group of voters (Mykolaivka, Kirovohrad Oblast)
- Marian Roketsky, by group of voters (Ivano-Frankivsk)
- Andriy Taranenko, by group of voters (Kyiv)
- Volodymyr Yurchenko, by group of voters (Kyiv)
All pretenders were required to collect signatures to become candidates. In the process ten pretenders were not able to gather the required signatures, while six were reinstated on decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine. Later another two registered candidates withdrew.
- Oleksandr Bazylyuk, initially denied in registration, Bazylyuk was granted candidate status on decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine of August 11, 1999
- Nataliya Vitrenko
- Mykola Haber, initially denied in registration, Haber was granted candidate status on decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine of August 9, 1999
- Yuriy Karmazin, initially denied in registration, Karmazin was granted candidate status on decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine of August 16, 1999
- Vitaliy Kononov, initially denied in registration, Kononov was granted candidate status on decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine of August 12, 1999
- Yuriy Kostenko
- Leonid Kuchma
- Yevhen Marchuk
- Oleksandr Moroz
- Volodymyr Oliynyk
- Vasyl Onopenko, , initially denied in registration, Onopenko was granted candidate status on decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine of August 6, 1999
- Oleksandr Rzhavsky, , initially denied in registration, Rzhavsky was granted candidate status on decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine of August 10, 1999
- Petro Symonenko
- Oleksandr Tkachenko
- Hennadiy Udovenko
- On October 27, 1999 Oliynyk and Tkachenko withdrew from the election campaign.
Since the summer of 1999 there was a sharp competition among the candidates. Four candidates Yevhen Marchuk, Oleksandr Moroz, Volodymyr Oliynyk (mayor of Cherkasy), and Oleksandr Tkachenko (speaker of Verkhovna Rada) met in Kaniv and called on all candidates to just and honest elections. The "Kaniv Four" had intentions to present a single candidate who would have more chances for success. It however failed to do so and no one else joined them neither. Volodymyr Oliynyk being promoted by Kirovohrad city residents, on October 27 surrendered his candidacy in favor of Yevhen Marchuk, while Oleksandr Tkachenko favored Petro Symonenko (leader of Communist Party of Ukraine).
In the first round the most oblasts and the out-of-country district were won by Leonid Kuchma. In seven oblasts the top candidate was Petro Symonenko mostly in the centre and south. Oleksandr Moroz managed to become the leader in the more agrarian oriented Poltava and Vinnytsia Oblasts. Nataliya Vitrenko took the peak of the candidate list in the Sumy Oblast.
|Candidate||Party||First round||Second round|
|Petro Symonenko||Communist Party of Ukraine||5,849,077||23.1||10,665,420||38.8|
|Oleksandr Moroz||Socialist Party of Ukraine||2,969,896||11.8|
|Nataliya Vitrenko||Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine||2,886,972||11.4|
|Yevhen Marchuk||Social Democratic Union||2,138,356||8.5|
|Yuriy Kostenko||People's Movement of Ukraine (K)||570,623||2.3|
|Hennadiy Udovenko||The Movement-Reforms and Order||319,778||1.3|
|Vasyl Onopenko||Ukrainian Social Democratic Party||124,040||0.5|
|Oleksandr Rzhavskyy||One Family||95,515||0.4|
|Yuriy Karmazin||Motherland Defenders Party||90,793||0.4|
|Vitaliy Kononov||Party of Greens of Ukraine||76,832||0.3|
|Oleksandr Bazyliuk||Slavic Party||36,012||0.1|
|Mykola Haber||Patriotic Party of Ukraine||31,829||0.1|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|
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