Klympush-Tsintsadze: European Solidarity will challenge Zelensky’s referendum law in Constitutional Court

The European Solidarity faction plans to submit a law on the referendum to the Constitutional Court, as its norms contradict the Fundamental Law of Ukraine, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Ukraine’s Integration into the European Union, MP Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze says.

The lawmaker called the law “an instruction to dismantle the state.”

“First of all, it is very worrying that the bill provides for the possibility of electronic voting at the time when we do not have a serious system of cyberspace protection. Unfortunately, our aggressor country has the opportunity to interfere in our cyberspace,” Klympush-Tsintsadze explains.            

“Our media space is unbalanced and biased, the vast majority of the media are owned by various oligarchic structures, which will lead to the manipulation of public opinion,” said the European Solidarity lawmaker.

According to her, the law passed by the majority provides for a wide range of unclear provisions.

“For example, the law stipulates that convicted persons can be involved in the commissions that will organize the process of this referendum. The law does not provide any legal consequences for any observer if he interferes in the process of expressing people’s will during the referendum, for example, if he helps to fill in the ballot in the booth or if he fills in the ballot instead of a voter,” warns Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

“There is no guarantee of proportionality of opponents or those who support this or that issue of the referendum. That is, the law is raw and can be used to destroy certain processes in the country,” she said.

Klympush-Tsintsadze also notes that despite the ban on putting the issue of Ukraine’s territorial integrity to a referendum, Zelensky’s law allows voting in a plebiscite on territorial change.   

“Are we going to annex someone? Are we going to invade Kuban? Why do we include this into the range of issues can be considered in a referendum at all, even though it is prohibited by the Constitution?” the deputy said.

“We will draft a relevant constitutional petition to the CCU, and I am convinced that this law will be declared unconstitutional,” Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze summed up.