2nd Summary of “Maidan Monitoring: Election 2012” Project Findings
Parliamentary election campaign in Ukraine officially started on July 30th 2012. What happened before that date we described in previous report. There were 220 violations reported by Monday 13th of August, 36 of which relate to events happened during the last fortnight.
As we predicted most widespread were campaign propaganda order violations – 26 total. Reports deal mostly with unmarked advertising in newspapers and on billboards; ads on public transportation and government buildings prohibited by the law.
There were 11 cases of bribery of voters reported, 5 of which targeted kids.
There were also 6 cases of inequality of participants, 4 cases of fraud, 4 cases of illegal financing, 1 case of unlawful coercion and 1 case of violence. Note that some cases included several categories of violations.
Most violations reported during that period were localized in Odesa region (5), Kherson region (4), Kharkiv region (4), Kyiv city (4). Vinnytsya region (3), Chernivtsi region (3). We had complaints from 14 regions total. Lviv region still is the only one we had no complaints from.
Not all reports are getting published on our map due to strict requirements of evidence provided.
One news pieces about a candidate in Odesa who stated on TV he had a USA citizenship, triggered the reaction of competitors and they filed an official complaint. Multiple citizenships are prohibited by the Constitution of Ukraine and candidate is required to have 5 years of residency before running for Parliament of Ukraine.
Another story about an anonymous propaganda street exhibition against opposition parties in Kharkiv caused legal reaction of opposition party lawyers. Anonymous election propaganda pro or contra is prohibited by the law; ads are required to be labeled with data about the producer, contacts and sources of financing.
Activists from Kyiv, Donetsk, Luhansk and Dnipropetovsk region have informed about their plans to complain about certain reports on our map to appropriate government bodies.
We sent 6 requests for information to different government authorities related to violations reported. We got 3 responses so far.
“Maidan-Monitoring: Election 2012” project is implemented by Civic Information and Methodology Center “Vsesvit”. It is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation. The project is not affiliated with any political party or candidate. We map the violations of electoral law submitted by any party or candidate if it meets the project requirements – video or photo evidence, background check and is evaluated by our lawyers as possible violation. Read more about the project.