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31.01.2013

Most Ukrainians want MPs removed for failure to vote in person

   

Many MPs virtually never set foot in parliament though they are recorded as "voting" for or against.  Ukraines’s Constitution stipulates that voting is personal.  This, of course, is not the first constituitonal norm which is flagrantly ignored

A Razumkov survey has found that 87.6% of Ukrainian citizens support the idea of stripping MPs of their mandate if they register votes using other MPs’ cards during votes in the Verkhovna Rada. This was one of the results of a nationwide survey carried out by the Razumkov Centre and Democratic Initiatives Foundation in December 2012.  Only 7.1% were against the idea, while 5.3% said they didn’t know.

The same public opinion survey found that Ukrainians are not in support of various initiatives either put forward in parliament or actually adopted.

64.8% do not support a 10% fee to the Pension Fund from sale of foreign currency.  Only 20.7% supported it, with the others undecided.

Less than a quarter of the respondents (23.0%) supported the introduction of a demographic register containing information about each citizen, including biometric information.  More than half (58.*%) with the others undecided.

Only 27.6% were in fact of allowing organs of people who have died to be used for transplants unless the people had specifically stated that they did not want this. 52.6% did not support this.

There was a roughly equal number of people for, against and undecided with respect to the question about dissolving the special force police unit Berkut. 

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