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Ukraine's local elections 2020: 1,000 criminal proceedings opened for violation of election process

Source : 112 Ukraine

As of November 2, 95 people were notified on suspicion in 78 criminal proceedings
16:49, 2 November 2020

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Almost 1,000 criminal proceedings were opened due to the violations of the elections process in Ukraine since September 5 (the beginning of the election campaign, - 112.international) as the National Police reported.

“From September 5, the police officers opened 997 criminal proceedings due to the violations of the elections process,” the message said.

Totally, during this period, the territorial bodies of the National Police registered 15,615 applications and reports tied with the election process. 2,323 protocols were compiled due to the commitment of the administrative violations.

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Thus, 1,728 reports about the violations were registered in Kyiv; 1,697 cases were registered in Kyiv region, 1,211 cases were registered in Dnipropetrovsk region, 110 in Odesa region and 987 in Donetsk region.

The majority of the reports were received about illegal agitation – 5,979, production or spread of printed materials of election campaigning that do not contain information about the establishment that printed the materials; - 1149, the violation of the order of the deployment of the agitation materials or their deployment in prohibited places; - 833, bribery of voters; -724, the violation of the order of management of the registers of the voters or election commissions or list of voters; - 467, the violation of the order of publication of the electoral records, - 415, falsification of the electoral records, - 343, illegal photography of the ballot.

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The police added that totally, the information of 997 criminal proceedings was put in the United pretrial investigations register: 604 of them tied with the violation of the electoral legislation, 393 tied with the election process. As of November 2, 95 people were notified on suspicion in 78 criminal proceedings.

On October 25, the local elections took place at all levels in Ukraine for the first time ever. The citizens voted for the representatives in the local and regional councils and heads of village and city councils.

According to the Central Election Commission, the voter turnout at this year’s local elections was 36.88%

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