Poroshenko’s Working Trips are not Election Campaigning – the Supreme Court
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Poroshenko’s Working Trips are not Election Campaigning – the Supreme Court

Anatoliy Hrytsenko, a presidential candidate, filed a lawsuit claiming that photo and video materials on Petro Poroshenko’s working visits posted on the President’s website were illegal election campaigning. However, on Sunday, March 10, the Supreme Court of Ukraine upheld the decision of the Administrative Court of Appeal and refused to recognize the publications on the site as illegal campaigning, reported DW. In the reasoning of its decision, the Supreme Court pointed out that the arguments in reference to video and photo materials on the working trips of the current head of the state and the presidential candidate Poroshenko were not supported by adequate, sufficient and admissible evidence to recognize them as election campaigning.

Let us remind that on March 6, the court of first instance refused to settle the claim of Hrytsenko. The leader of the Civil Position party asked to recognize video recording of Poroshenko’s working trip to Donetsk region on March 1, as well as a photo report on the same trip, posted on the site of the President of Ukraine, as the election campaigning. In his appeal, Hrytsenko asked the court to oblige Poroshenko to pay for this (according to his point of view) election campaigning from the election fund and refrain from using the budget funds for these purposes.

In such a way, without finding any violation of the law in the actions of the presidential team, the court dismissed the lawsuit of Hrytsenko and his appeal.