Observers of the Civil Network OPORA noticed representatives of the Party of Regions abusing administrative resource in the district #99. House manager visited every apartment of multi-stored building, disseminated leaflets campaigning for Oleksandr Shatavalov (the Party of Regions) and asked to sign an "Appeal to the Deputy" – Oleksandr Shatavalov.

Form of "Appeal to the Deputy" includes logo of the Party of Regions, name of the candidate in single-member district #99 Oleksandr Shatavalov, and empty space for the text of appeal. There is a notice in the end of the form: "According to the Law of Ukraine "On Personal Data Protection"By my signature below, I hereby give my consent on collection and processing of my personal data mentioned in this application, including its transmission to third parties."

On the question concerning dissemination of campaigning materials and the absence of the text of appeal, the house manager answered, that he was asked to do this by an employee of "Ukrposhta" (Ukrainian Post). Besides that, postman asked to distribute brochures to all residents of the house, and collect signatures of all people registered in this house, indicating the major problem of residents, and return him completed forms. Employee of local post department complained that direction of the post will not give him premium if he fails to complete this mission.

We remind, that according to the classification of administrative resource, the use of postmen for campaigning purposes is the abuse of institutional resource.

Nadiia Domash
press-secretary of the Civil Network OPORA
in Kirovohrad oblast

For comment, please contact:
Yevhenii Patrul
Coordinator of electoral programs of the Civil Network OPORA
in Kirovohrad oblast
099 44 13 777


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