30 August 2019

On the first working day of the Verkhovna Rada of the IX convocation, the rights of seven legitimately and duly elected MPs from the Opposition Bloc were violated. Well in advance and in line with a prescribed procedure, a group of seven MPs from the Opposition Bloc submitted their applications to the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada regarding their membership in parliamentary committees. These applications were reflected in the working materials of the preparatory group of MPs. The personal composition of the committees was preliminary approved by this group at a meeting attended by representatives of all the political parties, which was reflected in the Draft Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada submitted by the preparatory group before the first working day of the Verkhovna Rada of the new convocation. However, later the names of the Opposition Bloc MPs were excluded from the Draft Resolution put to the vote in the session room of the Parliament, without prior coordination with them. The MPs’ right to work in the Verkhovna Rada committees, which is guaranteed by the Laws of Ukraine "On the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine", "On the Status of People's Deputy of Ukraine" and "On Committees of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine", was grossly violated. In addition, most importantly, the constitutional right of voters to have representatives in the supreme legislative body was flagrantly breached for those voters who delegated their power to the people's deputies from the Opposition Bloc.

The Opposition Bloc political party and its representatives in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appeal to the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada with a request to deal with this situation and to say whether this incident is a result of political intrigue, negligence from the Secretariat or a misunderstanding. We hope that the new Verkhovna Rada will be focused on constructive work, rather than on a constant confrontation with political opponents. The Opposition Bloc sent a relevant statement about the misdoing by the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada to the Administrative Court.

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