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 Three Years of Prison for Bribing Voters - New Law Came Into Force

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The Law of Ukraine 1703-VII "On Amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine concerning the strengthening of responsibility for violation of electoral rights of citizens" comes into force In Ukraine Thursday, Oct. 23.

The Law was published in "Holos Ukrainy" state paper on Oct. 22, Censor.NET reports citing ZN.UA. As known, the law comes into force on the day following its publication.

The Law 1703-VII was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on Oct. 14. 233 deputies voted for the government draft. It was signed by the President on Oct. 19.

The responsibility is introduced both for buyers of votes and for the voters. Citizens selling their votes will be fined in the amount of 3,100 to 5,400 hryvnias.

Those who are bribing voters will be punished with restraint for a term of up to three years, or imprisonment for the same term without the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities during three years as well.

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There is also a responsibility for theft or concealment of voting boxes or vote counting protocols. One will be punished for such actions by imprisonment for a term of five to seven years with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions for a period of one to three years.

Note that today the police received a legal basis to intercept phone conversations and trace the parliamentary candidate suspected of bribing voters. The offenses related to bribery of voters will be treated as serious crimes since the entry into force of the law to strengthen the responsibility for voter bribery.

It was reported that according to a survey of Demokratychni Initsiatyvy Fund and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, the number of people willing to sell their vote at the parliamentary elections has decreased from 11.3% to 7.7% in the past two years.

Earlier OPORA observers registered distribution of food packages by the representatives of Deputy Homutynnik - a former member of the Party of Regions. There were also reports that the representatives of Dobkin's brother were noticed buying votes.

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As known, early parliamentary elections in Ukraine will take place Oct. 26. More than 6,000 candidates will compete at the elections to the parliament. At the same time 29 parties are involved in the election race.

 
 
 
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