According to Inna Sologub, researcher of Kyiv School of Economics, despite the fact that nine highest-rated political parties, representing limited range of domestic policy, are political opponents, their political programs are quite similar.
Absence of ideology is the main common feature of Ukrainian political parties, consequently they try to attract the largest number people instead of taking their electorate niche.
One can find different things in their political programs – deregulation and support of domestic producers, tax cuts and improvement of social protection, fight against monopoly and concentration of land in state ownership, lowering of inflation and indexation of wages and pensions.
Another common feature of party programs is their vagueness. It means that they promise to ‘develop’, ‘increase’, ‘support’, but hardly ever offer clear measures or indicators which implication can be checked.
Only several parties clearly formulate the aim of their program. Popular [People’s] Front has the most substantive [albeit unrealistic] goal – to enter the list top twenty countries according to UN Human Development Index in twenty years.
The other parties either do not formulate their goal or use general terms like ‘victory’, ‘justice’ ‘welfare’.
All parties speak of the most urgent problems of Ukraine – entering NATO, war against Russia [some offer to fight, another offer peace and agreements]. Almost all parties speak of necessity to develop national army, necessity to bring peace to Donbas and return Crimea. Some speak of protection of residents of those areas [although it is unclear what they are going to when the territories are occupied].
Another hot topic is lustration, reforms and fight against corruption. They mostly offer no concrete steps only express support for the idea of cleaning of government or oppose it.
In general, most parties speak of social benefits, medicine, development of business and agricultural sector.
Having made the analysis Inna Sologub sums up the following: taking into account the law quality of political programs what remains to Ukrainians is to vote for personalities.
List of political parties for this year’s elections includes old and new political forces with new faces. It has become popular to attract public activists, commander of volunteer battalions of territorial defense etc. Even Nadia Savchenko, who is currently tried in Russia on falsified accusations, has become a number one in one party. Old Party of Regions [the leading force of Yanykovich’s regime] has actually split into separate 5 parties with different rhetoric. Some politics waste millions for big boards, handing of agitation in the streets, political ads on TV, some limit themselves and speak of sending more many for the needs of the army instead agitation.
These elections are no less dirty then all the previous ones, when TV screens pour tons of lies at the electors, different TV channels try to present their owner in the best light and spread black PR against their opponent.
What do we have to do in this situation is to vote with our heart, for those who are able to make changes instead of stealing money.
No matter what political force we will support in this elections, we all have to remember, that we are going to have new Parliament because initially there has been Revolution of Dignity and more that 100 patriots have laid down their lives for the better future of their country.