The MPs of Ukraine, local political parties, and candidates in majoritarian districts held a mass distribution of goods and services with widespread media coverage during the celebrations dedicated to the International Day for Protection of Children on June 1. The press service of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine reported this.
Totally, the representatives of the Voters Committee of Ukraine registered 80 acts of “charity” around Ukraine.
“The most spread acts of the electioneering charity are organizing of celebrations, excursions, presenting the computer equipment and other valuable presents to the educational institutions, as well as giving money to students and teachers. The most peculiar gift was a garden watering hose, which was presented to the school in Slovyansk from one of the local MP,” the report said.
Thus, MP Kostyantyn Zhevago presented five innovative blackboards to Kremenchuk’s students a day before the International Day for Protection of Children.
On June 1, MP Serhiy Pashynsky together with the mayor of Korosten town (Zhytomyr region) opened the beach on the Children's Day. The Charity Foundation of Serhiy Labaziuk organized the celebration with ice cream, sweets, and animators.
“MP Oles Dovhy organized the children's youth festival Colors of the native land. Charity Foundation of MP Stanislav Berezhkin congratulated the participants of the Yunist Youth Center and presented new costumes for the stage to them in Kirovohrad region. A regional puppet theater for 300 children was also organized. On behalf of Charity Foundation of Yuriy Derevyanko, the best students and teachers of the United Territorial Community of Rozhniv received monetary awards from 500 to 2000 hryvnias (from $19 to $75, - ed.),” the report stated. According to the Committee, the local organizations of the parties were involved in the distribution of goods and services.
“Mostly, politicians used the celebrations of the International Day for Protection of Children as the political technique. In the majority of cases, it is not about charity, but about banal buying of parents’ votes by presenting expensive gifts to children or manipulating with children’s emotions. Such technique remains a rather effective one and is virtually unpunished one, as those “benefactors” have not registered as the official candidates yet. Such facts can only be considered trough political ethics and political responsibility until the official registration of political parties as electoral subjects and candidates in majoritarian districts takes place. After the registration, the majority of such acts of “charity" will have signs of criminal offenses related to vote-buying attempts,” Head of the Voters Committee of Ukraine Oleksiy Kashel said.