17:09 24.02.2017

Political experts say early Rada elections unavoidable

KYIV. Feb 24 (Interfax-Ukraine) – A number of Ukrainian political experts have said early parliamentary elections in Ukraine are increasingly likely.

"We witnessed increasing chaos in February, destabilizing trends and now just try to convince me that there won't be early parliamentary elections … Those who today say early polls are not beneficial will simply pray for an early election because the, obviously, will lower tension in society, in politics and the crisis among the elites," Institute of Global Strategies Director Vadym Karasiov said.

Gardarika Strategic Consulting Corporation expert Konstantin Matvienko said it is necessary to hold early elections. He added that it is necessary for Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine first to pass a new election law and change the composition of the Central Election Commission.

"Elections, if they take place according to the current law, might not change the situation and qualitatively will not change the composition of parliament," he said.

Ukrainian Barometer Director Viktor Nebozhenko said administrative resources always play a big role in elections, but they are now concentrated in the hands of only a few political forces.

"Administrative resources are such they can not be shared between two or three parties, but will be used to benefit one political force," Nebozhenko said, adding that Ukraine's SBU Security Service and local administrations are currently controlled by pro-presidential forces, while the Interior Ministry of Ukraine is under the control of the People's Front Party.

Nebozhenko said no early elections will be called until the issue of replacing Arsen Avakov as head of the Interior Ministry is resolved.

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