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Ukrainian Parliament sends draft bill on punishment for non-personal voting to Constitutional Court

Any MP found guilty of this infringement will have his/her authority terminated; the facts of non-personal voting or unjustified absence may be ascertained by the Supreme Court of Ukraine
20:57, 3 September 2019

Zoya Shu/112.ua

Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament sent President Zelensky's draft bill on punishment for non-personal voting and unjustified absence to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. 

According to the draft document, any MP found guilty of non-personal voting will have his/her authority terminated. The same punishment is due if a lawmaker missed one-third of all plenary sessions and/or Committee meetings during the Parliament's regular session. 

The draft bill also foresees that the facts of non-personal voting or unjustified absence may be ascertained by the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

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Currently, Article 84 of the Constitution of Ukraine obliges Ukrainian lawmakers to vote personally. However, the legislative frameworks do not stipulate any sanctions against the MPs who violate this norm.

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