"Ukrainize" them? When the UOC-MP is looking to Zakarpattia Oblast for authentic tradition? I don't think so.
Anyway, if several candidates were considered, as some posters mentioned in this thread, why wasn't there a vote between several candidates?
As it happened, it reminded me a bit of elections in the USSR: one candidate, all vote for him, everyone applauds. (And the Greek Metropolitan presided the whole thing as locum tenens).
Obviously, the Consistory, composed of church leadership appointed by Metropolitan Nicholas of Blessed Memory, must not have felt any other candidates would be the best fit for the diocese. The priests could have nominated another candidate if they felt there was someone who would better serve them, but obviously, having met Bishop-elect Gregorios, when he was an archimandrite, they agreed with the Consistory.
There was one priest eligible within the diocese, I don't know if he is the priest mentioned in Reply No. 286, but I do know that the one eligible priest refused consideration. There may have been a health issue, is my recollection, but I could be wrong.
The Locum Tenens is Archbishop Demerios of America, primate of the GOAA and Chairman of ACOB.