Violation of election campaigning in Kryvyi Rih: Vilkul is using administrative resources

During the election campaign of the mayoral elections in Kryvyi Rih observers have registered violations of the law. The current mayor and candidate for mayoral post, Yuriy Vilkul, appeals to agitation of subordinate persons who hold posts in Kryvyi Rih city council.

On March 16, 2016 Kryvyi Rih City Election Commission considered the complaint of a candidate for the post of mayor of Kryvyi Rih, S. Semenchenko, ascertained the fact of the violation and issued a warning to Yuriy Vilkul.

Thus, the Commission has defined that the officials of the city council of Kryvyi Rih – K. Bielikov (deputy mayor of Kryvyi Rih), A. Shovhelia (chief clerk of the Executive Committee of Kryvyi Rih city council), A. Fishchenko (first deputy mayor of Kryvyi Rih), N. Podoplielova (deputy mayor of Kryvyi Rih) – and others whose photos YuriyVilkul is using in his various leaflets, calling them a “political team of Yuriy Vilkul” are subordinate employees of the candidate and their involvement in the campaign is against the second part of Article 60 of the Law of Ukraine “On local elections,” according to which the candidates holding positions in local government are prohibited to involve for campaigning or use for any work related to the election agitation their subordinate officials.

In addition, having watched an enclosed with the complaint video file recorded by official observers of the Civil Network OPORA (posted on the website), the Commission concluded that chief clerk of the Executive Committee of Kryvyi Rih city council A. Shovhelia holds election campaigning for Vilkul in her office during working hours which is clearly prohibited by law.

The materials on this episode were sent to Kryvyi Rih police department to verify the reports on election campaigning by persons whose participation in the election campaigning is prohibited by law, and to respond in accordance with the laws of Ukraine.

Thus, the facts of Yuriy Vilkul’s using the administrative resources in his election campaign received a proper legal assessment and should lead to an appropriate response from the law enforcement agencies.

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