Ukrainian Politics

 Court fines Zelenskyi $32 for demonstrating his ballot

Obolonsky District Court of Kyiv has fined Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskyi for showing his ballot during the second round of presidential elections on April 21.

Censor.NET reports citing 24TV.ua.  

Vladyslav Deviatko, a judge in this case, announced a respective resolution at a court session on Monday. 

"The court, guided by the Code on Administrative Offenses, has ruled to find Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyi guilty of committing an offense provided for in Article 212-10 of the Code on Administrative Offenses and apply to him an administrative penalty in the form of a fine in favor of the state in the amount of fifty non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens, or 850 hryvnias ($32), and to collect from Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyi a court fee in the amount of 384 hryvnias," reads the operative part of the resolution.

This decision may be appealed in a court of appeal within ten days.

Zelenskyi's defense team asked the court to close the case due to the lack of an administrative offense.

On April 21, during the second round of presidential elections in Ukraine, presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyi showed in front of cameras at a polling station his ballot with a mark opposite his name.

Article 7 of the law on presidential elections in Ukraine provides for secret voting during presidential elections. Photographing, video recording in any way of the results of the expression of the will of voters in a booth for secret voting, as well as showing a ballot at a polling station, is prohibited and violates the secrecy of voting.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3126576