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 Opposition Found a Way to Enforce Personal Voting

The opposition introduced a bill of Verkhovna Rada (VR) limitation rules – it prohibits to count the electronic votes of the deputies who did not sign the registration log.

The bill N11468 amending the Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada was registered by three people's deputy of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction - Mykola Martynenko (elected in VR VII convocation on Batkivschyna list), Iryna Herashchenko (elected by Udar list) and Oleksandr Bondar (not in the new VR but cooperates with Svoboda party).

"This bill is a product of the collective mind, and we have signed it since we needed to show that it is supported by all three future opposition factions," explained Mrs. Herashchenko to Kommersant-Ukraine.

The opposition insists that the changes to the regulations be adopted in this convocation of the parliament - at its last session on December 4. "This is the only way to stop the infamous button pushing."

Without the technical support of personal voting the new parliament will not work," said Mr. Martynenko.

It should be noted that representatives of the authorities publicly speak out in support of the idea which was the basis of the opposition project.

"It would be logical for the changes to be adopted," said Head of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov on Wednesday. Meanwhile, bill N11468 is unlikely to be passed.

"We will study the proposal of the opposition and make a decision. However, note that the Party of Regions also has some suggestions. For instance on voting on one day of the week" - said deputy Volodymyr Oliinyk (Party of Regions). The reason for the failure of the majority to support the project can be a rule requiring a registration log signature

"I have my doubts regarding the fact that the deputy will sign in person. Sometimes his assistant will want to do it, and a regular Parliament employee will not want to argue with that. So should we create a commission to authenticate signatures?" asked Oliinyk.

Iryna Herashchenko thinks these assumptions spurious. "Is it a problem for a deputy to sign? Even if he is late for a morning he may go up to Rada Secretariat and sign there. And before he has done that his card should be disabled," said the representative of the opposition.

 
 
 
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