232 members of Ukrainian parliament allegedly voted for the law that promises amnesty for detained protesters of Euromaidan in return to freeing the occupied government buildings and blocked roads. The law is supposed to come into effect conditionally when the General Prosecutor published on the site the statement of all buildings, roads are freed and “other obstacles” are removed.
Against Absentee Voting of Members of Parliament
Recalling the statement of HR Ashton of 17 January 2014, the Council expresses deep concern about the legislation passed by the Verkhovna Rada on 16 January under doubtful procedural circumstances.
Earlier today, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine witnessed a travesty called “endorsement of a legislature package.”
Regardless of the content of this “package” (which is abominable and deserves a separate discussion), we would like to emphasize that the procedure of the above “endorsement” was completely out of compliance not only with the Ukrainian laws, but also with the general rules of parliamentarism that are common for the whole civilized world.
We will just say that the vote was by show of hands. The results of this “vote” were announced immediately after the hands were raised, and the votes were not counted, as one can clearly see in the videotape of the Verkhovna Rada session. Essentially, the legislature was announced as “passed” only because the leadership of the parliament wanted it to pass. No one has ever recorded the fact that the legislature was supported by the majority of the MPs.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact of unprecedented violation of lawful procedures in Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) that took place during the recent votings for the notorious language bill # 9073 on July 3rd and bill # 9634 on July 4th. To be precise, both bills have been approved by approximately 248 votes while only some 74 deputies were physically present in the session hall
Here is the exact message delivered to the Ukrainian people by those who pushed the infamous Bill: “We are the power. We will do whatever we want and by whatever means we want, and you will obediently bear with us!”
Here is the scheme of legal collapse of Ukraine. It tells a story how we are trying to make the government of Ukraine to implement the Constitution, especially when it comes to personal voting of Members of Parliament.
We, the undersigned, appeal to you with a proposal to submit the Parliament of Ukraine as well as individual MPs for the Guinness World Records consideration in the following categories: “Parliament whose members voted for most absent colleagues during one vote” and “Member of Parliament who voted for most absent colleagues during one vote”.
Voting in person is mandatory according to this council’s regulations. However the site informs that this practice of giving the keycards to non members is quite common – assistants, consultants, even relatives can vote for absent members. Like in Ukrainian Parliament many members do not attend the sessions of the council for months.
As my elected in person M.P. may I ask you to request that the UK foreign secretary summon Ukraine’s ambassador to sit, eat a banana, and explain the goings on in this video?
As a development of our civic campaign “Shoot the piano player!” – against non personal voting of members of Ukrainian Parliament – we created a first short movie. See for yourself: [yframe url=’ One of the first viewers of this movie wrote: I am very angry about this. I will do everything to publicise this…