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PURCHASE – CRIMINAL LIABILITY

The Council supported the introduction of criminal liability for the non-personal voting of MPs.
The relevant Law (Draft No. 2148) on the provision of personal voting for the people’s deputies of Ukraine at the plenary sessions of the Verkhovna Rada was adopted in the second reading and generally at the evening session of Parliament on December 19.
The Law amends the Criminal Code of Ukraine (supplemented by Article 364-2). For deliberate exercise by a deputy at a plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada, voting instead of another deputy (non-personal vote) will be punished by a fine of from 3 to 5 thousand NMDG (from 51 to 85 thousand UAH).

In the Regulation of the Verkhovna Rada, part three of Article 47 is stated in the wording, according to which the voting is carried out by the People’s Deputy personally through the electronic system by voting “for”, “against” or “abstained” in the sitting of the Verkhovna Rada or in the place for secret ballot for plenary meetings. The Verkhovna Rada’s apparatus provides video recording of voting by deputies during plenary sessions. If at the plenary session the fact of violation of the requirements for personal voting by a deputy instead of another MP is revealed, consideration of the agenda at his request is suspended.
The chairman at the plenary session establishes the presence of the relevant People’s Deputy in the Verkhovna Rada, and in the absence of it informs the Verkhovna Rada of the revealed fact of violation of the requirements for personal voting and instructs the Counting Commission to remove the card of such people’s deputy and pass it to the chairperson. on the proposal put to the vote last.
After holding the second ballot, the Chairperson instructs the BP apparatus to promptly prepare a report on the violation of the requirements for personal voting by the MP. Such notification, together with the minutes, the transcript of the relevant plenary meeting, as well as a video recording of its preparation, shall be submitted to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada for forwarding to the State Bureau of Investigation.
In the event that a journalist accredited to the Verkhovna Rada at the plenary meeting finds out that the requirements for personal voting have been violated by voting in lieu of another MP, such journalist shall have the right to submit a statement to the BP apparatus on the revealed fact, together with relevant materials of photography or video recording.
The law shall enter into force on the day following its publication.

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