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Day of electoral silence in Ukraine on July 20

Day of electoral silence starts at midnight on July 19 and lasts during July 20. All sorts of campaigning before the day of election are forbidden
08:00, 20 July 2019

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Saturday, July 20 is the day of silence before the snap parliamentary elections in Ukraine. On this day, all sorts of election campaign are prohibited by the law, and the voters can make a choice free of any influence. 

The day of electoral silence starts at midnight on July 19 and lasts on July 20. 

Basic information

The day of electoral silence is the day when campaigning is prohibited by law. It is allowed though to spread information about the ongoing election, calls to participate in it or clarification of laws and voting procedures.

The task of the day of silence is to ensure that each voter makes an independent choice, to protect against the possible accidental influence of any materials, psychological pressure. For the same purpose, a ban is also introduced on publishing the results of public opinion polls that may affect the voters.

Related: Over 280 foreign observers for snap elections arrive in Ukraine

Violations and liability

Citizens campaigning in violation of the law could be fined for $19-30 and officials could pay a fine from $30-50.

Related: Ukraine's 2014-2019 Parliament: Total recall before snap elections

Snap parliamentary elections in Ukraine will take place on July 21. The polling stations will be open from 8:00 until 20:00.

As it was reported earlier, the current Rada was chosen in the fall of 2014. The war in the east was in full swing, and Maidan (Revolution of Dignity) still lived in the memory of society. Therefore, it is not surprising that quite a few public figures, journalists, people associated with revolutionary events, as well as volunteers, combatants, people, who at that time had passed the front, got into the parliament. The contingent of the parliament of the eighth convocation is undoubtedly its business card. Although the number of positive characters (at least at the time of the election, they were perceived as positive) did not turn into the quality of parliamentarism.

Most of its term, the Verkhovna Rada has been working de facto without having a parliamentary majority, which gave President Volodymyr Zelensky a reason to dissolve it. 

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