Poroshenko changes date to announce race for second term not to coincide with Tymoshenko's event – media
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has rescheduled a date when he is to announce his plans to run for the second presidential term as the previously selected date coincided with head of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) Party Yulia Tymoshenko's event.
Poroshenko was originally planning his announcement on January 22, according to the Ukrayinska Pravda Telegram channel.
"But Yulia Tymoshenko has invited Ukrainians to 'join hands and build a chain of unity' on this day [Ukraine marks Unity Day on January 22]. Therefore, Poroshenko's team is choosing another date for the official announcement," it said.
"Petro Oleksiiovych [Poroshenko] will reportedly announce his plans to run for president in early February – either on February 7 or on February 8," it said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the presidential election campaign in Ukraine was officially launched on December 31. The elections are scheduled for March 31, 2019.
The deadline for submitting the documents is February 3, 2019. The Central Election Commission should decide on the registration of a candidate within five days after the submission of his or her documents.
A candidate may start campaigning the next day after the registration is confirmed, and the campaign should end at 24:00 Kyiv time on March 29.