‘‘Maybe he felt ill, or maybe he had to do something personal, that is why he asked me and I did this,’’ Bakhteyeva said, adding that she will try to refrain from this practice in the future.
Even four members of the biggest opposition party, which had proposed to send piano voters to jail, have been caught doing it, according to Chesno. Party spokesman Tetyana Zolotaryova declined to comment on the specific allegations.
Lawmakers in the European Union, which Ukraine aspires to join, say multiple voting is undemocratic and would not be tolerated in their Parliaments. In Poland, two members of Parliament have been expelled from their party and ridiculed in the media for voting for their colleagues. In Germany, where voting for someone else in Parliament is also strictly forbidden, one lawmaker resigned after being criticized for a poor attendance record in Parliament and in his constituency.
Polish legislator Jaroslaw Gowin, a former justice minister, said: ‘‘This is punishable. You can lose your seat in Parliament if you vote for someone else.’’
But Mikhail Chechetov of Ukraine’s Party of Regions does not see much of a problem.
‘‘What matters is that decisions that the country needs get passed,’’ Chechetov told reporters. ‘‘You go relax, girls, go and dance.’’
Monika Scislowska contributed to this report from Warsaw, Poland and Frank Jordans from Berlin.