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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Duma will consider how the return of direct elections

Even in their vacation, the members of the MOD can’t stop thinking about legislative activities. At the end of this week, September 2, the eve of re-election (!) they will convene for an extraordinary meeting, including to discuss the idea of direct election of heads of districts and mayors.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

We remind readers that earlier, so it was, the heads of municipalities in the suburbs have been elected in direct national elections. However, in the last 3-4 years in the law on local self-government almost everywhere has been amended. Now, to become head of district or mayor, candidates have to be elected to the local Council of deputies. Which already selects from its housing Chapter. He somewhat becomes a decorative figure, because all the Finance and management decisions are transferred to city managers — this post also appeared recently. By the way, in this position, they are elected by special commissions.

In fact, democracy in the procedures of expression are scarce, although the law allows for such multi-stage election.

Here, the political forces in the region and trying to return to normal. To the people directly elected their top officials and knew whom to ask for failures in work. With this aim they are ready to initiate a referendum in the region, so that voters responded what choices are more important to them.

Among the long agenda of FASHION, which includes quite routine questions, appointments of justices of the peace, and make additional amendments to different laws, the initiative opponents are marked for florid wording as the question proposed to be submitted to a referendum, MO the requirements of article 12 of the Federal law “On basic guarantees of electoral rights and the right to participate in referendums of citizens of the Russian Federation”.

However, the very fact that the MOD hastily assemble meeting to discuss the proposal to return to the people the right of choice means that the government is ready to compromise. And not in its interests to create additional social tension in the region.

On the other hand, hopes for the abolition of the “krivokolennyy elections” very little. Experts of “MK” note: not the same in the region to build a vertical of power, that’s it – back to the old model of self-government.

Most likely, they assume the quorum for a meeting of the Mosobldumy on 2 September will not be collected. The deputies in their districts and meet with voters — almost all of them are going to mandate for next 5 years. If their constituencies on “good reasons” will not be able to break United Russia (the majority in monoblue) if not there will be no discussion.

There is no quorum, there is no problem?


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