With the first round of voting in Ukraine's presidential election less than a week away, many in the country have expressed dissatisfaction with all of the election's candidates. And that disenchantment is what one candidate hopes might improve his chances.
Rather than cast a vote for Viktor Yanukovych or Yulia Tymoshenko or any of the more than 10 candidates in the race, voters have the option of marking their ballot with a cross symbol – indicating that they are against all of the candidates.
Vasyl Humeniuk, who is among the lesser known candidates in the presidential race, is officially running under the name Vasyl Protyvsikh – which in Ukrainian means Vasyl “Against All.”
The veteran politician who heads the chamber of commerce in the small town of Ivano-Frankivsk, says he is a better representative of everyday Ukrainians than the other top politicians in the race.
“I have now been watching for 19 years how the elite is ripping Ukraine off,” he said. “It is time for a man of the people to take charge.”
While intriguing, Humeniuk’s “Against All” bid appears to be a long-shot as opinion polls have consistently shown Yanukovych and Tymoshenko as the top two potential vote-getters.
The first round of voting will take place Sunday, Jan. 17. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the votes, a runoff will be held in February between the top two candidates.
Source: Financial Times (UK)