On February 7 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine opened its tenth session, which will end on July 13, 2012, and in October Ukrainians will elect new MPs. Thought there is still half a year till the elections, candidates for parliamentary seats are getting ready for the race.

For this half a year the MPs plan to do a great deal - session's agenda includes about a thousand of draft bills. In particular, it is planned to adopt new Customs and Criminal Procedure Codes, to change old Labour Code, to settle land relations and other.

However, it is obvious that today's MPs are more concerned about getting into the parliament of the next convocation. Consequently, the whole energy will be directed to "work with electorate", and what is better place for "communication with the people" than the parliamentary rostrum, session hall and lobby of the parliament.

Here is the risk - fighting for votes of Ukrainians our deputies can turn the parliament into a certain "talk-show."

ForUm asked the deputies themselves whether the parliament is able to work before the elections:

Volodymyr Lytvyn, speaker of the parliament:

- I think that we can only dream bout peace, but I understand that only concrete steps can convince people to vote for this or that political party or separate candidates.

Such things as shouts "Shame" and other are in the past, and I hope that the parliament will work.
Oleksandr Yefremov, head of the Party of Regions faction:

- This session of the parliament will be constructive, and laws will be adopted. There cannot be any other variant.

I can assure you that we would provide the work of the parliament.

Yuri Gaidayev, MP of Communist party faction:

The majority of MPs are intelligent people, who understand that it is needed to work and adopt laws. However, I have no doubts that the parliament will shake from time to time.

At the same time I don't think that on the eve of the elections there will be a place for populism, as only actions can convince the electorate.

The voters are not that stupid as one may think, and they immediately see what populism is and what real thing is. People do not believe in the increase of pensions by ten times any more.

The parliament will work, though I do not exclude certain backslides to populism.

Oleh Zarubinski, MP of the People's party faction:

- I'd like to hope for constructive work of the parliament, as there are issues, which do not depend on political likes or dislikes, for example Criminal Procedure Code or energy efficiency.

I would also like that current performances and shows do not prevail, though it is obvious they will continue, as the election campaign has started de-facto.

Is there a risk to have the parliament blocked? Well, to hold serious blocking the force of the whole faction is needed. BYuT has 100 members, but only 40 are involved into similar events. Hence, I don't think there is a risk of a long strike.

Ksenia Lyapina, Our Ukraine faction deputy:

- Whether the work of the parliament will be constructive? Well, it depends on what you mean by 'constructive'. If button-pressers will continue voting for any decision without thinking, then no, there will be no constructive work.

In my opinion, today's protests are the constructive work, because before, when deputies automatically pressed voting buttons, there was nothing constructive in the work of the parliament.

I don't connect the protests by the opposition with the forthcoming elections and the attempts to take on the voters. It is deputies' job to take on the electorate from the first day of their term. The question is how to take on.

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