No elections during martial law in Ukraine, official says

17 May, 01:37 AM
Oleksii Danilov (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Oleksii Danilov (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

In accordance with current Ukrainian law, no elections can take place in the country while martial law is in effect, Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) secretary Oleksiy Danilov told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on May 16.

Danilov was commenting on the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Tiny Kox saying that Ukraine ought to hold presidential and parliamentary elections despite the ongoing war with Russia.

He pointed out that such a course of action would contradict Ukraine’s Constitution.

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“We will sort things out ourselves according to our laws and our constitution,” said Danilov.

“And the PACE could focus on other matters rather than allowing the presence of the Russian Federation in its meetings. Under the state of affairs we’re currently presented with, no elections can take place, period.”

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