OPORA: Uzhgorod is late in determining places for campaign materials
Tomorrow, April 16, Uzhgorod city council will consider the draft decision "On the placement of campaign materials." The document identifies locations in Uzhgorod for placement of printed campaign products.
However, pursuant to Part 4 of Article 59 of the Law of Ukraine "On the Election of the President of Ukraine", which the city hall refers to, such decision was to be made no later than 90 days before the election, that is back on February 25. And in accordance with Part 5 of Article 90 of the same Law (referenced in the schedule of the CEC), the decision of the local government on places for campaign materials shall be taken 80 days before the election, that is, until March 5 inclusive.
Uzhgorod city officials violated both terms. According to the manager of the executive committee of Uzhgorod City Council Oleksandr Volosyansky, first the City Council received a letter from the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration, which explained that the decision on places for printed campaign materials shall be adopted no later than 30 days before the election day. But last week, they received a letter from the Cabinet of Ministers which stated that the deadline for deciding on places for printed campaign materials is still 90 days before the election day. Therefore, the draft decision was prepared to the nearest regular meeting of the Executive Committee and it should be adopted on April 16.
According to the document, in Uzhgorod with more than 120,000 residents, there will be only 5 advertising and information pillars and stands. The manager of the Executive Committee Oleksandr Volosyansky in his comments to a representative of the OPORA acknowledged that this is not enough, however, local authorities have no money to install additional stands.
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