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Ushakov to appeal against penalty issued for breaching pre-election rules

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Monday, January 5th, Riga City Northern District Court applied a EUR 50 fine to Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov for the breach of pre-election rules.

This ruling is subject to appeal within ten days after its announcement.

Ushakov had previously said that this is an unprecedented case, because he is being penalized for posting a message on his private profile on one social network, in which he called residents to vote for whichever party they want.

Ushakov adds – if the ruling of the court does not add in his favour, he will appeal it. He reminds that any Latvian resident has the right to promote political parties on their private social network profiles.

The decision to appeal the ruling of the court was posted by Ushakov after the court’s announcement. He mentioned on his Twitter profile that «court’s intentionally or unintentionally created precedent is dangerous, because such a penalty can be applied to all people who posted updates regarding different political parties on October 3rd and 4th in 2014.»

«On the one hand this is praise to my Twitter account – having it basically recognized as a mass media channel. I hope this asset is not required to be stated in my declaration. Now this would result in actual penalty from the State Revenue Service. It is pleasant nonetheless – advertisement. And only EUR 50,» – said the Mayor of Riga.

BNN had previously reported that Latvian State Police has filed two administrative breach reports: one for Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and the other for Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov. Both reports have been compiled for the breach of election campaign procedures.

The administrative breach report was filed for Straujuma because of her statements on Election Day: «Unity will win. I believe Harmony will not receive enough votes, because the security of our country is far more important. I personally do not have any certainty about Harmony Centre’s and Latvia’s independence,» – said Straujuma in her interview to journalists on October 4th.

To her, it was unacceptable to hear statements coming from Harmony that it continues to cooperate with United Russia and that Putin is the best president Russia has ever had.

Ushakov’s administrative report was compiled because of the update he had posted on his social network profiles one day prior to elections. This post urged residents to vote for Harmony.


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