Law on criminal liability for piano voting in Parliament comes into force

Source : 112 Ukraine

Penalties in the amount of 2,1 to 3,5 thousand dollars are provided
10:36, 16 January 2020

Today, on January 16, Law No. 404-IX, which provides the criminal liability for non-personal voting by Verkhovna Rada’s MP, has come into force.

According to the bill, apparatus of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine provides video recording of MPs’ voting during plenary meetings.

Under the new rules, if the MP notices that someone is doing piano 'voting', he demands to stop voting.

The presiding judge ascertains whether the MP is present at the meeting.  If there is no MP, the chairman informs the Rada about the revealed fact of ‘piano voting’ and instructs the Counting Commission to withdraw the card of the absent MP.

Related: Zelensky approves introduction of criminal liability for ‘piano voting’ in Parliament

After that, the chairman instructs the apparatus of Verkhovna Rada to prepare a report on the violation of the requirement for personal voting.

The Criminal Code of Ukraine provides penalties in the amount of 2,1 to 3,5 thousand dollars.

As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the Electoral Code, which was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on December 19, 2019, the website of the president informed.

The Electoral Code will provide a holistic, unified legislative framework for the preparation and conducting of elections. This will contribute to the realization of citizens' electoral rights, the stability of election legislation, and the observance of the basic principles of democratic elections.

Related: Ukrainian Parliament introduces criminal responsibility for non-personal voting

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