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Direct election bill withdrawn in Primorye
The authorities of Primorye recalled the bill on direct elections of the heads of municipalities. The reason for this, according to the official version, was the unification of settlements of the region into municipal districts. For new entities, new leaders will be needed, and if election campaigns are held, the regional budget will suffer heavy losses.
As the IA PrimaMedia, another reason for the refusal of direct elections was the negative attitude towards them of the current heads of municipalities, who were chosen by competition. Negative feedback was sent by 26 from 34 municipalities and urban districts.
The bill was submitted to the local Duma in October last year. He passed the first reading, but decided to postpone the second and third to the first quarter of 2019 of the year. Recently, deputies received a letter asking them to remove the consideration of the document from the agenda.