The appointment at the election polls in Ukraine is set for tomorrow. 27 Million citizens will be called on to vote for the restitution of the municipal and regional councils. The polls will be open throughout the whole country, except Crimea and the Donbass territories occupied by pro-Russian separatists. Will have to be elected 10thousand mayors and 160thousand municipal and regional counsellors. The system is a mix between the majoritarian and proportional ones and in the 35 cities with over 90 thousand inhabitants the ballot is planned to be held by mid-November. 132 parties will be running at the elections, a handful of which with the hope to place the winning candidates.
For the president Petro Poroshenko and the premier Arseni Yateniuk this is going to be an important test which will measure the actual consensus in a difficult moment, with the conflict in South-East which has reached a deadlock and the grip of an economy struggling to stay afloat. Next week are expected the decisions of the International Monetary Fund on the disbursement of the 1.7billion dollars tranche which had been frozen and the Russian one, on the $3 billion debt in Ukrainians bonds which Kiev wants to cancel for the complete restructuring of the debt agreed with other international creditors.
Poroshenko, on the eve of the vote, has promised a package of reforms and the governmental majority might not approve it in the following months. The Poroshenko block, which is the president’s formation, is setting out to conquer the relative majority of constituencies, starting with the most important one, that of the capital, where his ally Vitaly Klitschko will be elected mayor. In other key-capitals, from Kharkiv to Odessa, from Dnipropetrovsk in Lviv, the duels are against the big oligarchs who pull the strings from behind the curtains. Next to the parties sponsored by Rinat Akhmetov, the opposition block which coagulates the heirs of Viktor Yanukovich, and Igor Kolomoisky, close to the Ukrainian patriots and Rebirth, there are old foxes such as Yulia Tymoshenko who are planning a relaunch. Homeland, the party of the heroine of the orange revolution, according to surveys, comes right after that of the head of state and an important success could relaunch on a national level the leader with blond braids who has never stopped to aim at major goals. After the months spent in jail at the time of Yanukovich and the political limbo at the margins of the coalition with Yatseniuk, Yulia Tymoshenko still dreams about becoming again a protagonist in the government.