Avars protest at local election results in Dagestani town

DAGESTAN, 14 April, Caucasus Times – The rally organized by supporters of Vyacheslav Burov, one of the contenders for the post of head of the district municipality, continues in the town of Kizlyar, the administration of Kizlyarskiy District has told the Caucasus Times web site.

The elections were to take place on 10 April, but some of the deputies (11 people) – those who supported the incumbent head of the district administration [Yeremeyev] – boycotted the elections. As a result, the 14 remaining deputies voted for Burov.

Yeremeyev said he would go to court over violations in the course of the voting, saying that there was no quorum. In response, Burov’s supporters gathered on Kizlyar’s square and intend to continue their picket. Most of the demonstrators are Avars (Burov has a close relationship with Saygid Murtazaliyev, a deputy of the Dagestani People’s Assembly of Avar origin).

On an instruction from the Dagestani leadership, Dagestani Justice Minister Azadi Ragimov, Dagestani Prosecutor Imam Yaraliyev and other officials went to Kizlyar on 12 April in order to solve the situation. They were instructed to find out what is going on and carry out explanatory work.

They drew the conclusion that the elections cannot be deemed valid since there was no quorum (13 deputies voted, whereas two thirds, i.e. 17 should have taken part in the vote according to the law).

At the same time, the mayor of Kizlyar was elected in Dagestan. The elections passed off without incidents and Vyacheslav Palamarchuk was re-elected.

The sides are now waiting for a court ruling after which a new date will be named for the elections in Kizlyarskiy District.

Rashid Kaplanov, Mahachkala., Caucasus Times

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