The president of Ukraine said that Ukraine will not be able to hold presidential elections as long as the law of “martial rule” is in place.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president of Ukraine, during an interview with BBC, in response to a question about whether the presidential elections of Ukraine will be held next year, said: According to the laws established earlier, the elections should be held in peacetime when there is no war.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s five-year term will end in May 2024.
According to the laws of Ukraine, parliamentary elections should not be held later than October 29 of this year. According to Rodion Miroshnik, Luhansk’s former ambassador to Moscow, for this to happen and for elections to be held on their own date, Kyiv must end martial law in order to hold a 60-day campaign until August 28. The former ambassador told TASS news agency that the presidential elections should be held by March 2024.
On February 24, 2022, Volodymyr Zelensky announced martial law and this law has been extended until now. Its last 90-day extension was re-announced on May 20 this year and is set to expire on August 18.
While Ukraine has admitted that elections will not be held under the martial law, the head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in May asked Ukraine to prepare for holding elections as soon as possible.