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

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to new rules, if any MP noticed that someone did non-personal voting, he/she demands to stop voting
17:10, 13 January 2020

President's press service

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky approved the introduction of criminal liability for piano voting action in the Parliament. He signed the relevant law No. 2148 today.

The Criminal Code stipulates that deliberate committing by MP at a plenary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of voting for another MP of Ukraine (non-personal voting) is punishable by a fine of $2 to $3.8 thousand.

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

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Under the new rules, if an MP noticed that someone did non-personal voting, he/she 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.

After that, the chairman instructs the Verkhovna Rada apparatus to prepare a report on the violation by the MP of the requirement for personal voting. The notification along with the minutes, the transcript of the meeting and the video is provided to the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada for sending investigations to the State Bureau of Investigations.

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This law will enter into force the day after its official publication.

As we reported before, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed Law No. 431-IX on the right of people with disabilities that occurred due to participation in Anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in Donbas, Joint Forces Operation or military conflicts in other countries, as well as volunteers to receive assistance in medical facilities of the Ministry of Defense, Security Service of Ukraine, foreign intelligence, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, etc.

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