Ukrainian Politics

 Party of Regions Wants to Vote Once a Week or be Informed by the Bell

On Friday, November 23, the opposition’s Mykola Martynenko (Batkivschyna), Vitaliy Kovalchuk (Udar) and Ruslan Koshulinsky (Svoboda) presented a draft decision of the working group to Volodymyr Lytvyn, involving the use of the touch keys for voting.

"It only needs the signature of Lytvyn andthat's all," said Valeriy Karpuntsov (Udar) in a comment toKommersant-Ukraine.

As it isknown, the electronic voting system Rada-3 has been modernized andupdated in the summer of 2008 at the initiative of then SpeakerArseniy Yatsenyuk. A touch button was installed on each panel thatthat the deputy has to hold while voting. This, according to thedevelopers, excludes the possibility of one deputy voting inmultiple consoles simultaneously.

Representatives of the Partyof Regions proposed a counter-initiative and promised to make theirown version of the document until 28 November. "I personally sawthe beginning of a movement forward. At the end of the meeting weall came to the consensus that these measures are necessary. Eachfaction will prepare their vision of how to prevent voting foranother deputy," said representative of the President in ParliamentYuriy Miroshnychenko (Party of Regions).

However, it is possible thatpersonal voting system proposed by the ruling party will beradically different from the version advocated by the opposition."The regulation refers to the electronic voting system - touch keythat is practically installed can be used but the debate still goeson. There is an option that the voting can be set for one day ofthe plenary week. Another option is a half-hour warning call beforethe voting, as it is in the U.S. Congress," said Miroshnychenko.The official position of the faction on this matter will be readyon Wednesday, the deputy said.

The opposition believes thatthe Party of Regions, making a counteroffer is just palavering. "Nomatter how many days a week you vote. These days and hours havenothing to do with personal voting!" outraged Valeriy Karpuntsov. -It is clear that they (pro government majority) do not like it andthey are muddying the matter up. Not only do they not have themajority now, but they with personal voting they will never haveenough votes. "Koshulinsky added that if the Regions do not fulfillthe requirement of personal voting the opposition will notparticipate in preparation of the next Parliament. "The demand forpersonal voting by deputies is also the demand of society. Itseemed to me that the majority understands it," heconcluded.

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