Ukrainian Politics

 Rebellion in Party of Regions: Independents Refuse to Give Up Their Voting Cards

People's Deputy (Party of Regions) Viktor Bondar said that plurality district candidates who ran as independent candidates and joined the faction of the Party of Regions are not giving up voting cards.

According to an UNIAN, he stated on Khmelnitsk TV that "After joining we (plurality candidates) were set a condition: give up our voting cards, to ensure simultaneous vote. They said it is a faction discipline. This is where we drew the line: we do not give up our cards since we ran in districts and made promises to our constituents," said Bondar.

As an example Bondar mentioned the vote for the bill on the decriminalization of articles of the Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes which sentenced Yulia Tymoshenko and Yurii Lutsenko, when eight plurality deputies of the Party of Regions faction voted aye.

As reported, on January 11 this year the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine did not support the first reading of the draft law "On amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine in order to conform with the international legal obligations of Ukraine." According to the data of the Rada website only 161 voted for this decision (with 226 required) out of 389 deputies registered in the session hall.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n230265