Today, 98 resolutions on the appointment of early elections of city, village or rural heads in case of their death or early termination of office are pending in the parliament. Not a single one has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada for consideration.
“First of all, I would like to talk about Lutsk, the administrative centre of the Volyn region. The mayor died more than a year and a half ago, but so far elections have not been appointed. I understand why this is so, why the so-called local elites are happy with this state of affairs. After all, one oligarchic clan has illegally seized power and is robbing the city, while another one, which is a satellite of the current government, simply has no candidate capable of winning the elections, so it is also blocking the appointment of these elections,” says MP Liubomyr Zubach from the Samopomich faction.
In his opinion, the right to elect and be elected is the fundamental constitutional right of a person and a citizen. It is this right precisely that distinguishes democracy from monarchy or totalitarianism, where the authorities are either appointed or elections are formal.
“Local government in Ukraine has been through many things. At different times, it has experienced administrative pressure, the pressure of law enforcement bodies, and garbage. However, up till now, communities have never been deprived of the right to vote, to choose their own authorities.
Samopomich faction is appealing to the Speaker of the Parliament with a request to put to vote the decisions on the appointment of early elections tomorrow – on the last day when it is still possible to adopt a decision. Otherwise, it will be a frank revenge and mockery of local self-government,” underlines the people’s deputy.