As a result of an investigation regarding the prevention and resolution of conflicts of interest by members of local councils in five regions of Ukraine, WikiInvestigation`s public detectives have submitted 10 reports to the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP).
According to the investigation `Deputies sabotage`, lots of groups of councils` members in Chernivtsi, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions who work at their enterprises, vote for decisions of local councils in favor of these enterprises, and at the same time declare no conflict of interest were found out.
It is stated in the text of the investigation that `voting of entire conflict-of-interest groups entails far more threats than separated cases. As these group votes are often decisive in taking decisions: according to part 2 of Article 59 of the Law of Ukraine "On Local Self-Government in Ukraine" the council's decisions are made by a simple majority of votes of the members of the total amount. `
According to the central coordinator of the WikiInvestigation Lyudmila Yevseyenko, the violations of the legislation in terms of prevention and settlement of conflicts of interest were found everywhere.
The central project coordinator says that they have a virtually demonstrative situation where, despite such a seemingly insignificant requirement to stand up and publicly declare a conflict of interest in the event of a vote, it is grossly neglected by local councils` members. `
Such cases were found out in the Zhytomyr region in the Irshansk and the Slovechno districts, in the Zaporizhzhia City Council, in the Sokyryan District Council in Bukovyna, in Dnipro region in the Ternovsk, Pershotravensk, Pokrovsk and Marganets city councils, and in Eskharivsk village council.
Today, this suits everyone - both deputies who receive salaries at enterprises and who vote for decisions in the interests of these enterprises, and oligarchs or landlords who control enterprises, and through groups of their pocket-members of councils, and local councils.
However, it does not exactly suit the public detectives of the WikiInvestigation, which, as a result of the analysis of voting by deputies of local councils, without declaring a conflict of interest, submitted 10 reports to the NACP.