Elections to the State Duma of Russia will be illegitimate, according to the Deputy Chairman of the CEC Andriy Magera.
He explained that the lower house of the Russian parliament consists of 450 deputies, of which 225 are elected by proportional representation on the basis of federal multi-member districts, to which Russia includes Crimea and Sevastopol. The remaining 225 deputies are elected in 225 single mandate constituencies, four of which are established in Crimea and Sevastopol.
“It is clear that the proportion will vary depending on taking or non-taking the occupied territories into account (the Crimea and Sevastopol). So, let’s do some simple arithmetic: 225 (the number of deputies who are elected by proportional parts) plus 4 (the number of deputies who are elected in single-member districts, established in the occupied territories) equals 229. Therefore, the 229 deputies of the 450 "elected" would be illegitimate. This is an absolute majority of the State Duma constitutional composition,” Magera wrote on his Facebook page.
The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov appealed to Crimean residents with a request to boycott the elections to the State Duma of Russia, September 18, 2016. Illegal elections to the Russian Parliament in the occupied Crimea will not only illegitimate so-called "Crimean deputies," but also challenge the legitimacy of the all the State Duma Members, he believes.
Elections to the State Duma are scheduled for September 18 on a mixed system: 225 deputies are elected on party lists and 225 - from the territorial electoral districts. Elections are to be conducted in the annexed Crimea for the first time.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the elections in the annexed Crimea are illegal.
The Crimean Prosecutor's Office in Kiev, threatened to start criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.