The Sevastopol legislative Assembly has rejected the law on direct elections of the Governor

The Sevastopol legislative Assembly has rejected the law on direct elections of the Governor

SEVASTOPOL, on March 1. /Corr. Janina Vaskovsky/. Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol adopted in the first reading the law “On amendments to the Charter of the city of Sevastopol”, which provided for the direct election of the Governor of the city.

Voted by 13 deputies out of 24.

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“I want to apologize to the citizens of Sevastopol for what we are about to submit this question so late. The question of regulation of the process of electing the Executive is long overdue. Civil society is ready for direct elections”, – said before the vote, Deputy Chairman of legislative Assembly Alexander Kulagin, presenting the bill.

“Many of us, it may seem that 100% of citizens at direct elections. But really people have different reactions. Not even 50 to 50. Therefore, it is necessary to hold direct presidential elections”, – said the Deputy Boris Kolesnikov, head of the Sevastopol branch of the party “United Russia”.

“I have on this issue is a personal vendetta, so I ask deputies to support this bill”, – said the Chairman of the legislative Assembly Alexey Chaly.

He explained why the changes to the city Charter have not been made previously. “It would seem that this matter is not urgent. We then (in 2015) got to the mill road map for the legislature, when head could not be raise. But now the time has come”, – said Chaly.


The bill on direct elections of the Governor of Sevastopol on 15 February made 12 deputies of the legislative Assembly. The document contains changes 13-point Charter. The most significant relates to part 4 of article 24.

I for a rigid vertical of power. Elections and democracy are two different things. Election is technology. We see how they go. So I am in favour of the governors, was appointed. In democracy, as in war, to not play. I’m against censorship and for freedom, but within common sense

Sergei Menyailo
the Governor of Sevastopol

Its members are offered to read as follows: “the Governor of the city of Sevastopol is elected by universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot for a term of five years. The same person cannot be elected to the post of Governor of Sevastopol more than two times in a row”.

Current Sebastopol Charter provides for the election of governors by deputies of the legislative Assembly from three candidates proposed by the President of the Russian Federation. By this procedure, 9 October 2014, the Governor of Sevastopol Sergei Menyailo.

The working Commission for amendments to the Charter of Sevastopol was created by deputies of the legislative Assembly in late 2014. It was expected that the changes will be adopted in may 2015. Then the election was made by the majority of the deputies and the Governor of Sevastopol Sergey meniailo. Now, however, his position changed and he advocated “a rigid vertical of power.”