Besides regular fistfights, only three members of parliament can
say all of these things: that they stayed loyal to the party that elected them,
were not caught up in corruption or human-rights scandals, came to work at
least 80 percent of the time and always personally voted.
The trio of
lawmakers is a new discovery of Chesno (Honest), a civic movement that designed
a simple online tool for checking on the performance of deputies ahead of the
Oct. 28 election. They plan to use the tool to monitor new candidates, too, and
hope it will help bring to parliament a better cut of representatives.
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.