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Boris Akunin Announces List of Proposed Questions for Referendum on Fresh Elections to Moscow City Duma

Source: HRO.org (info), 31/05/12

· Electoral rights  · Moscow city & Moscow region

Writer Boris Akunin has published on his LiveJournal blog a list of proposed questions for a referendum on fresh elections for the Moscow City Duma.

Only "acceptable" proposals have been selected, i.e. those that are not in breach of federal or local legislation. For the time being the wording is only approximate. Lawyers have approved the substance but not the text. I would like to repeat that, unfortunately, a referendum on early repeat mayoral and city duma elections will not be permitted under current legislation. We will have until Monday to add to this list . hen we will organise a vote," wrote Akunin.

The list of proposed questions so far looks as follows:

1. Do you trust the officially announced results of the elections to the State Duma that took place on 4 December 2011 in our city?

2. Does our city need to adopt a law on the election of local magistrates?

3. Do you think that all the members of the City Public Chamber should be directly elected?

4. Do you think that the members of the electoral commissions in our city should be elected and not appointed from above?

5. Do you think that the performance of the current convocation of the City Duma is satisfactory?

6. Do you think that the Mayor and the rest of the city's leadership should prohibit the use of cars with special flashing lights and any other privileges when driving through the city?

7. Do you think that the Moscow City Duma should immediately adopt a resolution to voluntarily dissolve and appoint a date for new elections for the Moscow City Duma as a result of the substantial expansion of the constituency covered by the city of Moscow and the resulting substantial change in the number of voters in the city of Moscow?

8. Do you think that the Mayor of Moscow should immediately relinquish his powers and call elections for a new Mayor of Moscow as a result of the substantial expansion of the constituency covered by the city of Moscow and the resulting substantial change in the number of voters in the city of Moscow?

As the Rosbalt news agency notes, it was reported earlier that the League of Voters will hold a rally on 12 June on the issue of organising a referendum in Moscow on new elections for the city's authorities.

Notably, Parkhomenko reported that the process of organising a referendum initiative group will be started at the rally. Under the law this group needs to be 300 strong. According to Parkhomenko, the rally is planned to start at midday. In addition to Parkhomenko, other official organisers of the rally are journalist Olga Romanova, writer Dmitry Bykov, League of Voters coordinator Nikolai Belyaev and Municipal Deputy Elena Tkach.
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