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The governor of the Irkutsk region continues to advocate for the return of direct elections to the mayor of Irkutsk

The governor of the Irkutsk region Sergey Levchenko expects that the Legislative Assembly of the region will approve at the next session a bill returning direct elections of the mayor of Irkutsk, the press service of the head of the region

“I, as the governor, agreed the bill. 16 December he will be considered at the session ... My position is that the election of the mayor of Irkutsk should be direct. This does not mean that they need to be arranged urgently, right now. Even if the law is passed, there must be continuity. The current mayor of Irkutsk will fully fulfill the term of office. But residents of the regional center will know that they have the right to personally elect the head of the city by direct voting, ”the press service of S.Levchenko quotes.

The draft law was submitted to the Legislative Assembly by the leader of the Civic Platform Party faction Vladimir Matienko.

According to the press service, he passed the examination in the legal department of the apparatus of the Legislative Assembly, the prosecutor's office of the Irkutsk region, the Ministry of Justice. However, the committee on legislation on state construction of the region and local self-government of the Legislative Assembly on Monday voted against the bill.

As previously reported, in February this year, deputies of the Legislative Assembly, first of all, from the United Russia party and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, amended the law “On certain issues of the formation of local governments of municipalities of the Irkutsk Region”. He canceled the nationwide election of the mayor of Irkutsk, instead, the new head of the administration of the City Duma began to elect from among its members. Dmitry Berdnikov became the first mayor elected in this way - in March of this year, he replaced the popularly elected head of Viktor Kondrashov, whose term of office had expired.

The new governor of the Irkutsk Region, Communist Sergey Levchenko, who was elected to this post at the end of September, almost immediately announced his intention to return the direct mayor of Irkutsk.

The party of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation has challenged the regional law on elections in the Constitutional court of the Russian Federation. However, in early December he confirmed the right of the legislative authorities to change the procedure for electing and appointing mayors and heads of administrative centers of the subjects of the federation.