Voting in “Diya” on March 8 was conducted with violations – Opora
The non-governmental organization “Opora” believes that the survey on the “Diya” platform regarding the preservation of the day off on March 8 was conducted with violations. The survey was supposed to start on March 27 or later, the organization said. “The procedure of polls in “Dia” and the terms of their conduct are stipulated by the Cabinet of Ministers’ resolution. The Ministry of Statistics did not comply with the approved terms, and the high-profile topic could cause a conflict in society,” the organization says. “Opor” notes that in February 2022, the Cabinet of Ministers approved Resolution No. 90, according to which authorities can submit an initiative to conduct polls in “Dia”. A total of 2.1 million app users took part in the survey. However, the order for such a survey should be submitted no later than a month before the start of the survey. The Ministry of Statistics replied to Opora that the Ministry of Culture and Information sent a request for a survey on February 27, based on an appeal from the People’s Servant Maryna Bardina. “So, in accordance with the requirements of the above-mentioned Cabinet resolution, this poll was supposed to appear only on March 27, that is, 19 days after the holiday,” the organization says. The survey in the Diya application lasted from February 28 to March 6. Answer of the Ministry of Culture As a result, 62% (1.3 million) of those surveyed supported the idea of leaving March 8 as a day off, and 33% (700,000) agreed to make it a working day. A total of 2.1 million app users took part in the survey. “Opor” also notes that polls in “Diya” are not obligatory for the authorities to carry out and cannot replace the format of public discussions. “According to the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, this is only the collection of information. Also, these surveys are not representative, since citizens of Ukraine without the Diya application do not have access to them, which leads to the exclusion of many people from the process of information collection and subsequent decision-making,” they say in the organization. Read also: Soviet relic or struggle for rights: how did March 8 appear and what are the alternatives to the holiday in Ukraine?
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