“Why did Zelensky introduce a bill on democracy at this moment? He will consult with the people on the peace process and thus share responsibility with the people for the peace process. We understand that Ukrainians in different parts of the country see the peace process in their own way. And it is a referendum, not a poll, that is the best way to hear the opinion of the people. And this is also the best way for Ukrainians to hear each other. It would be very good if our referendums resolved all vital issues for society, except those prohibited by the Constitution (taxes, budget, amnesty).
In general, I can only welcome the president’s initiative. Referendums move the development of democracy forward. But I am sure that the institution of democracy will not be complete without local referendums. Therefore, I advise the President not to stop, but to go forward with the initiative for local referendums.
As for the novelty – electronic voting – it still looks questionable. Because for electronic voting every citizen of Ukraine must have an e-mail and an electronic signature. And we don’t even have the Internet all over Ukraine. It is quite possible that before the second reading, the text of the bill will record the need for a certain transition period, during which it will be possible to vote both electronically and in the old way, on paper”, – said Mykola Katerynchuk.
Press service of the
European Party of Ukraine