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Referendum bill implements principle of rule of people from Ukraine's Constitution

Source : 112 Ukraine

The draft law on referendum, created by the “Opposition Platform - For Life” creates the necessary mechanisms for implementing constitutional principles
16:41, 6 March 2020

Viktor Medvedchuk
112 Agency

The draft law On the All-Ukrainian and Local Referendum on the People’s Initiative, registered in the Verkhovna Rada by the “Opposition Platform - For Life”, which aims to create a mechanism for initiating and conducting such referendums, implements the principle of the rule of people enshrined in Ukraine's Constitution. Viktor Medvedchuk, Ukraine's MP and the head of the political council of the "Opposition Platform - For Life" party, said that on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada.

“The principle that was laid down in this bill, “you govern the country”, is fully implemented in this draft law. And it provides for such control functions as control over the government, the revocability of government and possibility to terminate the functioning of the parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of regional and district administrations, bodies of local government," the opposition politician said.

Medvedchuk explained that this is the way, how officials or state bodies who are elected for a certain term, in case of non-fulfillment of their duties, may become the subject of consideration in a referendum regarding their resignation.

“Why it became so important to create this draft law someday and to introduce it into the parliament today? And we will insist on adopting this law. The reason is very simple - the parliament is elected for 5 years, and the no-confidence rises in 1 - 1.5 years. People see that the parliament is unable to discharge their duties, but they don't have a mechanism to exert influence on the parliament. The only mechanism of influence is elections, but we have to wait for these elections for another 5 years, 4 or 3 years. So, we have provided for the possibility, based on the principle of "you rule the country", that if there are reasons that they cannot be acceptable for tolerating neither the Verkhovna Rada nor the Cabinet of Ministers, or if it is a matter of a region, then it should be decided at the local referendum, people could initiate, could hold a referendum, and such a person should leave his office, so that the process of control and management takes place not only during elections or by-elections, but it takes place constantly," Medvedchuk explained.

As it was reported earlier, the "Opposition Platform - For Life" party registered their draft law "On the all-Ukrainian and local referendum on the people's initiative." in the Verkhovna Rada.

 

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