Tymoshenko to head opposition election list
The main opposition parties in Ukraine, the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko – Fatherland and Our Ukraine–People’s Self-Defense Bloc along with some smaller parties have nominated Yulia Tymoshenko to head a joint list in the 28th October parliamentary elections.
The opposition parties came together in April of this year in order to improve their chances of defeating the Party of Regions of President Viktor Yanukovych. Recent opinion polls suggest that the two blocs are neck and neck in the race. The united opposition parties will be putting candidates up for all 450 seats in the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council) or parliament.
The elections are contested in a List PR system where 225 of the deputies are elected in single-member constituencies using a single-round, first-past-the-post system. The other 225 will be elected on nationwide party lists with a 5% threshold.
The nomination of Yulia Tymoshenko is largely symbolic because she is currently serving a seven year prison sentence and Ukrainian law prohibits those in prison from standing in elections. The opposition has also put up a number of other names who have been outlawed by the government in what is seen as a largely political move.