An MP's work in the district: interaction with voters

In a democratic state, which Ukraine seeks to be, the Parliament’s representative function is a key one, providing for a variety of formats for Ukrainian MPs’ direct or indirect communication with their constituents. It is an integral component of the exercise of an MP’s responsibilities. Thus, Article 24 of the Law of Ukraine No. 2790-XII “On the Status of a People’s Deputy of Ukraine” of November 17, 1992, provides that the MPs must “constantly maintain contact with the voters, study the public opinion, the needs and demands of the population” and also “inform the voters about their activities as MPs through the mass media, at meetings
of voters periodically, but no less than twice a year.” Moreover, Article 7 of the Law states that “the People’s Deputies elected in single-member election districts shall maintain contact with voters in their districts” and that “the People’s Deputies elected in the multi-member nationwide election district shall contact voters residing in the territory of Ukraine by means of personal representation determined by the deputy factions (groups) of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in accordance with the law.”
Voters are showing great interest and readiness to follow the MPs’ activities in the periods between the elections, looking for information delivered firsthand. Such interest can be seen for example from the results of a sociological survey conducted at the end of 2017 by the Razumkov Center.1 Thus, more than half of the Ukrainians (53.6%) are interested in information on the activities of the Parliament. At the same time, an even higher share of the respondents (56.2%) say that the information about the Verkhovna Rada coming to them from the media is mostly of a negative nature, while almost one third (32%) believe that today there is not enough information on the activities of parliamentarians in the election districts. It is also eloquent that one third of the respondents (33.3%) do not even know which of the MPs represents their district in the Verkhovna Rada.

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