Volodymyr Makeienko first tried to explain such voting by the fact he just could not reach the button: "Let me explain. We often get up, if you sit for a long time, your legs get numb, but we do not leave, we are there. Do I have the right to vote standing up? If one cannot reach and get everyone up you can miss the voting. So I made a proposal today to make the rows a little bigger. You can reach for you button but not for your neighbors."
When asked by the journalists whether he voted for a man who was nearby, Makeienko replied: "Let us create the conditions for personal voting."
After Censor.NET journalists demonstrated the photos of Makeienko voting for his neighbor he categorically denied that he voted for other person, calling it a provocation for journalists. "See how I'm doing this provocation. I turn and make it look like I am pressing two buttons. At this time, there is no voting. I'm provoking you. You are so sad. This is a game."
Makeienko also admitted that he taught Taisiia Povaliy to vote in the same way. "We have to adapt, as this voting will take place in the future. We are looking for options," admitted the Regions deputy.
Note that the photos clearly show that Makeienko was doing this so-called provocation during the vote.
Also a number of Party of Regions deputies voted violating the law: Anatolii Korzhev - for himself and for Nurulislam Arkallaev, Serhii Braiko - for himself and the neigbor on the right.