Uzhgorod: the piece about the candidate is paid not from the election fund, the candidate himself campaigns by repairing roads

21 October 2014 09:36  4682510 083422
Uzhgorod: the piece about the candidate is paid not from the election fund, the candidate himself campaigns by repairing roads

In the newspaper of Uzhgorod City Council "Uzhgorod" (№ 39 dated September 27), on page 5, there is a piece "Energy of Good Deeds", which provides information on the results of activity of the people's deputy of Ukraine in the single-mandate constituency number 68 Vasyl Kovacs.

Although the piece in the paper is presented as "MP's report to the community," the article contains signs of political campaigning.

Indeed, under Article 68 of the Law of Ukraine "On Elections of People's Deputies of Ukraine", campaigning is the implementation of any activities to encourage voters to vote for or not to vote for a particular candidate; one of the forms of campaigning is publishing "other publications and reports" in print media.

In addition, as of September 27, Vasyl Kovacs was already registered as a parliamentary candidate in the single-mandate constituency number 68.

As an observer of OPORA was informed by the staff of the newspaper "Uzhgorod" in response to an information request, the publication "Energy of Good Deeds" was ordered by an individual Alla Kokhan.  2,955 UAH was paid for the article, which is confirmed by the Report of acceptance and delivery of works 142/1 dd. September 29. Alla Kokhan is a an agent of the candidate for MP Vasyl Kovacs.

In this case, the requirements of paragraph 7 of Article 73 of the Law of Ukraine "On Elections of People's Deputies" is violated - campaign materials shall be published on the basis of an agreement between the newspaper and a candidate for deputy and only after the publication is paid for in full.

Since the said publication was ordered by a natural person, the payment was made not from the election fund of the candidate. This is a violation of paragraph 6 of Article 68 of the Law.

In addition, the piece "Energy of Good Deeds" in the newspaper is not marked as political advertising, in violation of the requirements of paragraph 17 of Article 74 of the Law.

October 17, another violation of the law by the parliamentary candidate Vasyl Kovacs was recorded.

In Uzhgorod on Zankovetska street, in several courtyards, vehicles graded paths between yards. On the fence of the kindergarten, the banner "With the support of the people's deputy of Ukraine Vasyl Kovacs" was set up.

The banner does not contain background data, in violation of the requirements of paragraph 23 of Article 74 of the Law.

Also, this banner is hanging on the fence of the kindergarten, in violation of the requirements of paragraph 5 of Article 74 of the Law, according to which, placing of election campaign materials in buildings and premises of state and municipal establishments shall be prohibited.

In addition, the fact of the road repair and its association with the candidate for people's deputy is a violation of paragraph 14 of Article 74, which treats such actions as indirect vote buying.

The campaign headquarters of Vasyl Kovacs ignored the request of the OPORA observer to comment on the described violations of the Law.

Source - OPORA

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