Call centers from which intimidation calls are received have already been found in 12 regions of Ukraine.
The police of the Kharkiv region opened criminal proceedings on the fact of intimidation of voters by call center employees who called voters on behalf of the civilian network OPORA and the National Police.
As the regional police reported, citing the leader of OPORA, the so-called “operators” accused people of “selling” their votes and demanded them to refuse to participate in the elections. Local media claimed that such a call center was open in Kharkiv on March 13, whose employees allegedly intimidate voters by telephone.
During the calls, the operators claim that they know that the person allegedly sold his vote and threaten that he would be sentenced for 2 years in prison if he goes to the polls for this will confirm the fact that he sold his vote.
According to the OPORA leader, such call centers have already been found in 12 regions of Ukraine; in Kharkov, such a call center has been expanded to 85 operators.
On this fact, law enforcement officers have already opened criminal proceedings under the article “Hindering the exercise of the right to vote or the right to participate in a referendum, the work of an election commission or a referendum commission or an official observer.”
This article provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 3 to 7 years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for a period of 2 to 3 years. Now the police investigate all the circumstances and the persons involved in the crime.
The presidential elections in Ukraine will be held on March 31.