The practice of voting for others in the Ukrainian Parliament is contagious and members of regional and city councils are copying it willingly. Maidan has received reports about this practice from all regions of Ukraine. However the recent report from Donetsk surprised even us. The site “News of Donbass” published a video from the session of the Donetsk oblast (regional) council.
Journalist Oleksiy Matsuka spotted the presence of two people who are not members of the council using keycards and voting. Neither of them answered when asked whose cards they were using and what they were doing there at all.
It’s worth mentioning that this particular woman, who was caught voting for an absent member, was questioned and filmed by a journalist but still continued voting. Her dialog with a journalist: “Why are you voting?” – “Who told you?” – “I just saw it”
At the beginning of the video (0:13) you can see her vote and also how another member is voting for an absent neighbor.
Voting in person is mandatory according to this council’s regulations. However the website informs us that this practice of giving the keycards to non members is quite common – assistants, consultants, even relatives can vote for absent members. Like in the Ukrainian Parliament, many members do not attend the sessions of the council for months.
One of our readers commented on the Parliamentary practice of voting in absentia: “That is how an average citizen like me thinks – if a Parliament does not give a shit about the Constitution then why should I abide by the law?”
The scope of the legal collapse in Ukraine is truly outrageous and we can see the erosion of all legislative systems including those of local governments.