The Central Election Commission has started the draw on granting airtime and print space to political parties and single-mandate candidates at the state budget cost, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to deputy head of the CEC Andriy Mahera, who presides over the meeting, the law on parliamentary elections provides political parties with at least 60 minutes of air time for campaigning on national television and radio, 20 minutes on regional TV and radio channel in each region.

The single-mandate candidates are provided with 20 minutes on the relevant regional TV and radio channels.

In addition, according to Mahera, the political parties have the right to publish the election program in the Voice of Ukraine and the Governmental Courier government’s newspapers and in one of the regional print media of each region. The volume shall not exceed 7800 typographical units.

The single-mandate candidates have the right to publish election program in one of the regional print media of state or municipal ownership of no more than 3900 typographical units.

The deputy head of the Central Election Commission said that under the law, priorities of space for promotion in the media are determined by the draw, held by the CEC.

As ForUm correspondent reports, two revolving drums have been placed in the large meeting room of the CEC. The priorities are to be determined in two stages. First, a technical draw is conducted to determine the priority of a party in the main draw. The representatives of the parties (of the CEC Secretariat officials, if representatives missing) take out two envelopes – a brown and a white.

First, the priorities of providing air time on national TV and radio companies are determined by draw. A brown envelope defines the number at the first stage. A white envelope defines the number at second phase of campaigning on national television.

The same procedure of an airtime draw is performed with the second drum.

After this, the draw to provide space on the regional TV and radio channels, and print space in the Voice of Ukraine and the Governmental Courier government’s newspapers is conducted under the same procedure.

The technical draw will not be held for the single-mandate candidates. 48 envelopes, meeting the greatest number of candidates registered in a one district, will be put in the drum.

The meeting is attended by the representatives of political parties, the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting, the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting, the National Television Company of Ukraine, the National Radio of Ukraine, the Voice of Ukraine and the Governmental Courier government’s newspapers, etc.
ForUm

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