The CEC does not consider that Poroshenko's letters addressed to voters count as campaigning

The CEC does not consider that Poroshenko's letters addressed to voters count as campaigning

The Central Election Commission (CEC) does not consider that the distribution of materials containing information about the improvement of cities in the period from 2019 to 2021 and an appeal to write a letter to President Petro Poroshenko as the head of the Regional Development Council is electoral campaigning. The Commission, in response to the appeal of the “Uspishna Varta” human rights platform, also reported that these materials were not submitted by the candidate’s headquarters as printed campaign materials for the electoral campaign of the candidate for the post of President of Ukraine Poroshenko P.A.

As a reminder, earlier “Uspishna Varta” found out that in Zaporozhye a promotional package in support of the president was distributed to the homes of residents along with a proposal to write a letter to the President as the head of the Regional Development Council. As the observer of “Uspishna Varta” in Zaporozhye, Valery Evdokimova, reported, the campaign package contains a pre-paid envelope, a questionnaire about the development of the region, a brochure with a report on the city’s development over previous years and plans for 2019-2021, as well as a large city map highlighting objects and an indication that "a discussion about the development plan is carried out with the assistance of the governor". The letter states that the discussion about the plans for the development of Zaporozhye is supported by the head of the Regional State Administration Konstantin Bryl. In the questionnaire it is stated that the package of materials is sent out without consuming any budget money.

According to the “OPORA” observation network, such campaign packages in the name of the current president containing an appeal from the respective governor were recorded in the Kiev region, Transcarpathia, and Khmelnitsky. Such envelopes are also distributed to the residents of Rovno (with the support of the Rovno mayor Vladimir Khomka) and the residents of Vinnytsia (with the support of the head of the Vinnytsia regional administration Valery Korovia).

The response of the CEC, which received “Uspishna Varta”, states that the materials provided “do not see that they contain appeals or prompting ... to vote for or against a certain candidate for the presidency”.

In addition, the CEC emphasizes that, in accordance with paragraph 6 of the Regulation on the Regional Development Council, approved by decree of the President of Ukraine of April 21st 2015 No. 224/2015, the Council is created as part of the Head, Executive Secretary and other members who participate in the work of the Council on volunteer. The head of the Council is the President. Heads of cities and regional centers, heads of all-Ukrainian associations of local governments are part of the Council by agreement.

The CEC also said that “the materials in question were not submitted by the candidate’s headquarters as printed campaign materials for the candidate’s election to the post of President of Ukraine Poroshenko PA”.


As was reported by “Uspishna Varta”, during the last week alone the current president and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko carried out several campaign trips to regions, despite the fact that the law prohibits candidates from using their official position and official powers to conduct an electoral campaign. In particular, Poroshenko visited Zhytomyr (March 11th), Chernigov (March 13th), the Volyn region (March 14th), Transcarpathia (March 15th), Poltava (March 16th), and also in Kiev (March 17th). Earlier, Petro Poroshenko also participated in Regional Development Council meetings as a part of his campaign trips to regions, which are listed on the President’s website as work visits.

The civilian network “OPORA” also previously stated that the distribution of materials that contain information about the improvement of cities in the period from 2019 to 2021, may be a hidden campaign of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, who heads the Regional Development Council. According to Aleksey Repik, the coordinator of “OPORA” in the Kiev region, the authorities should openly explain to their citizens why they distribute such materials and who funds it.

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