On January 3, People’s Deputy from the Petro Poroshenko Block Serhiy Kaplin filed documents to the Central Election Commission (CEC) for potential candidacy in the presidential election, the press service of the CEC reported.
The documents were filed by the Deputy at 10:30 a.m. The CEC clarified that Kaplin is not yet a presidential candidate since this status will be assigned to him after the commission meets to review his application.
Presidential election campaigns were launched on December 31. Voting for the sixth Ukrainian leader will be held on March 31, 2019. Ihor Shevchenko is the first official candidate, who previously held the post of Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources. The second candidate is human rights activist from Brovary, Volodymyr Ratush.
In order to register as a candidate for President of Ukraine, a deposit of 2.5 million hryvnia or approximately $91,000 is required. These funds can be returned if the candidate wins or enters the second round of the presidential race.
The famous Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky also intends to participate in the elections. The actor made an official statement on New Year's Eve. It is already known that Zelensky’s team will include people who are not in politics.