CHESNO Civil Movement

 

CHESNO Civil Movement was initiated by a group of interested activists together with representatives of the New Citizen partnership. The movement was founded on October 29, 2011, during the "Let's Filter the Parliament in 24 hours" campaign, exactly a year before the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

Our initiative is open to both non-governmental organizations and individual members. CHESNO is not affiliated with any politician or political faction, and its representatives will not take part in the election.

The first campaign of 12 initiators and more than 150 organizations – Filter the Parliament – was intended to alert society for the future treatment of parliament from unworthy members.

A garlic bulb was chosen as the campaign symbol because it symbolizes disinfection and victory over the evil.

Movement participants developed a number of public integrity criteria for candidates, including:

  • clean record on human rights and freedoms;

  • firmness of the political stance based on the loyalty to the mandate;

  • no involvement in corruption;

  • transparency and consistency between income and asset declarations, and the lifestyle;

  • personal voting in the parliament;

  • participation in plenary meetings and committees of the parliament.

Together with journalists and civil society activists, participants of the campaign initially checked 450 MP’s, and then - over 2500 candidates against these criteria.

Civic movement CHESNO found more than 900 offenders of the criteria among parliamentary candidates and publicly demanded that political parties not allow them to participate in the elections.

As a result of the campaign, some candidates were not included in UDAR party list and Batkivshchyna took the obligation to comply with the criteria CHESNO from each candidate supported during the election.

Initiators of civic movement CHESNO managed to attract more than $800 thousand for the "Filter the Parliament!" campaign and checking the candidates; more than $14,000 was received on charitable fund from citizens.

At the end of campaign international financial audit was held. Initiators of CHESNO movement were issued a positive opinion of auditors on the financial transparency and implementation efficiency of their "Filter the Rada!" campaign. Preliminary findings of auditors confirmed that the funds received by CHESNO initiators from donors under grant agreements were used for designated purposes; international experts in anti political corruption called the campaign "successful and influential".

“Filter the Power!” Campaign:

Duration: 4 years, I phase - 13 months;

Start: March 2013;

Objection: to establish a systematic control of civil society for transparency, accountability and accessibility for voters of each MP.

Objectives: to make each MP of the VII convocation:

  • vote personally;

  • attend 90% of plenary meetings;

  • increase personal attendance of committee meetings by 40%;

  • publish full names of all assistants;

  • prepare and publish at least 2 public reports of budget funds allocated for the implementation of parliamentary powers, work with the voters;

  • publish financial statements; and

  • expand channels of communication with voters.

In addition, the movement will demand:

  • disclosure of personal attendance statistics about deputies committee meetings, agenda and outcomes of committee meetings, transcripts of meetings or real-time (online) broadcast;

  • publication of the list of MPs, who systematically abuse their status or position: that received MP’s numbers for personal non-business purposes, received state apartments; irrationally used the budget to carry out their responsibilities, etc.;

  • disclosure of 100% legal dynamics of all MP’s.

The target of campaign "Filter the Power!" is:

  1. To make a comprehensive check of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the VII convocation integrity and evaluate each MP for compliance with seven criteria of integrity:

  • clean record on human rights and freedoms;

  • firmness of the political stance based on the loyalty to the mandate;

  • no involvement in corruption;

  • transparency of activity and accountability;

  • transparency and consistency between income and asset declarations, and the lifestyle;

  • personal voting in the parliament;

  • participation in plenary meetings and committees of the parliament.

  1. By conducting all-Ukrainian information campaign, spread examination results among 50% of the voters, who participated in 2012 parliamentary elections, namely in 225 districts;

  2. To promote self-organization at all-Ukrainian and local levels to conducting local campaigns on local authorities’ transparency and accountability control and evaluation.

The campaign welcomes both non-governmental organizations and individual members to join.