It is difficult for Ukrainians living abroad to vote in elections even if they have a strong desire to do so. For example, there is only one diplomatic institution in whole Australia, and every Ukrainian who wants to vote in the elections there must travel thousands of kilometres and write a statement at the embassy. The document is then sent by diplomatic mail to Kyiv and is entered into the electronic voter register.
MP Yehor Soboliev from the Samopomich Union faction notes: “It takes a lot of taxpayers money, a lot of time, and as a result, we lose Ukrainian citizens with experience in successful democracies who simply do not have the opportunity to vote.”
For example, only 920 Ukrainians from Toronto, where there is an incredibly active Ukrainian diaspora, voted in the last presidential election.
The parliamentarian insists on the need to correct this conflict and adopt a bill that will allow working with the voter register via electronic communications. Yehor Soboliev emphasizes, “The staff working with the registry, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, support the idea. So now everything is up to the Ukrainian parliament.”
“Let’s make this step, let’s engage as many decent Ukrainians as possible in the management of the Ukrainian state,” the deputy concludes.