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Ukrainian Civic Movement Unveils Online Tool to Monitor Parliament Members

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, July 30 2012

A new tool for monitoring parliament members' activity is now available online, the Kyiv Post reports. The tool has been created by Chesno (“honest”), a civic movement founded a year ago by a group of civil society organizations with the aim of empowering citizens with information tools and improving their knowledge and political choices.

The Kyiv post explains:

Six evaluation criteria were used in the Chesno monitoring: whether the deputy voted personally, as required by the Constitution; whether they came to work at least 80 percent of the time; whether they published income declarations as required by a number of anti-corruption laws; whether they stayed loyal to the political force that brought them into parliament; and whether they abstained from corrupt activities and violation of human rights and freedoms.

So far, only three deputies have fulfilled all the criteria, declared Viktoria Siumar, director of the Institute of Mass Information, and one of the organizers of the civic movement.
The project (here's a video presentation) was met with mixed reaction by Parliament members.

Ukrainian elections will be held on October 28th.

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