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NGO awards MPs for anti-corruption struggle

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Prague, Sept 29 (CTK) – The Czech Reconstruction of the State anti-corruption group of NGOs awarded deputies and senators on Thursday for the fulfilment of their election promise to support anti-corruption legislation, and it has presented a survey of MPs’ efforts in this respect on its website.

The group wants people to have a chance to see how individual MPs, many of whom are running in the upcoming regional and Senate elections, have voted on anti-corruption bills in parliament.

It bestowed awards on those who have promoted anti-corruption legislation most consistently of all.

One of the awarded senators, Libor Michalek (unaffiliated), said no one checked how politicians fulfilled their election promises in the past.

“It is really a positive breakthrough that the keeping of promises by politicians has started to be monitored,” Michalek said.

Apart from him, the senators who supported anti-corruption bills most consistently are Vaclav Laska (unaffiliated) and Zdenek Papousek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL).

Out of the lower house members, the award went to Radek Vondracek, Jan Sedlacek (both ANO), Petr Gazdik, Jan Farsky (TOP 09/STAN), Jiri Mihola, Vit Kankovsky (KDU-CSL) and Jeronym Tejc (Social Democrats, CSSD).

The overall results show that less than a half of the 167 deputies and 24 senators, who previously joined the commitment to promote anti-corruption bills, have kept their promise, the Reconstruction of the State group’s spokesman Vaclav Zeman said.

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