At midnight on July 20 in Ukraine began the day of silence on the eve of early parliamentary elections. Today the law prohibits any political advertising or campaigning in favor of candidates in people’s deputies.
From 00:00 Saturday, July 20, utilities must remove previously posted in public places pre-election campaign materials of politicians, billboards, banners, signs, advertising on transport, shop Windows and the like.
Candidates to the Verkhovna Rada prohibited July 20, meeting with voters and distribute campaign in the media. Also it is impossible to show films or videos, distribute election leaflets, posters, public call to vote for or not vote for certain candidates, and publicly evaluate their activities.
Any political advertising is considered illegal and will lead to unpleasant consequences for those candidates, in whose interests it is conducted.
Day of silence does not apply to the dissemination of information relating directly to the election – explanation of legislation, order of vote, invitations to participate in the elections.
The punishment for violators of the day of silence?
For violation of the day of silence is set administrative responsibility. For the campaign, ordinary citizens face a fine in the amount of 510-850 UAH, and to officials – 850-1360 hryvnia.
But the fact of the violation is first necessary to prove in court. When the police find violations, then the minutes, and then the court decides. But it is unlikely the court will be able to prove that certain billboards or posters are related to the election.
Punished for campaigning in the social networks?
The law of Ukraine provides the responsibility for campaigning on the day of silence for Internet-only media. For ordinary users, the punishment for today is not provided. Users are not members of political parties, nor the media nor the advertising and parentstobe, so they are not subject to the ban on campaigning.
However, Ukrainians should refrain in the day of silence from the avatar in Facebook to support a particular party or candidate-a mazhoritarshchik in the election. Despite the lack of punishment, it is also a violation of legislation.
Some useful infographics about the elections to the Verkhovna Rada: