Tuesday, November 03, 2009
At a cost of 2.5 million hrivina for the right to contest the election there is no shortage of ego-centric millionaires that are prepared to throw away their money, or their financial backers, in order to have their 15 minutes of fame. Many are technical/spoiler candidates designed to takeaway votes so as to make the other acts look good.
Under Ukraine's two round first-past-the-post voting system only the two highest polling candidates will make it to the final round. The remaining twelve will be fighting to take votes away from other candidates preventing them from reaching the finals.
If the polls are anything to go by Victor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko will be the star performers with Viktor Yushchenko, last contest winner and incumbent head clown, being relegated to a supporting "warm-up the crowd" act.
Nominations for audition close on November 6 and the Central Election Commission has until November 11 to finalize the audition list.
Labels: Presidential elections