Not to be outdone by Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s embattled president, Viktor Yushchenko, has indicated that Ukrainian “Democrats” may consider nomination of a single presidential candidate.
Exactly who Yushchenko considers to be part of the “Ukrainian democrats” is not clear let alone what process they will take in deciding to nominate only one candidate.
It is a bit late to decide this issue now. The deadline for nomination withdrawals is December 21. If candidates withdraw before that date they can get their deposit back after that date they forfeit their 2.5 million deposit.
Yushchenko’s support rating has slumped to a low 3.5% and a recent survey conducted by U.S.-based International Foundation for Electoral Systemsand financed by the United States Agency for International Development lists Yushchenko with the highest negative rating (83%) of all candidates.
The report in the media gives rise that Yushchenko, with only 4 weeks remaining, may be seeking an exit plan, a way to pull out of the election before he faces total embarrassment and humiliation by losing in the first round of the election.