“This is a systemic protest” - Chiygoz on low turnout at “elections” in occupied Crimea

10 September 2019, 17:56
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More than 70% of voters in illegally annexed Crimea did not participate in the so-called “elections” to the Crimean “state council” and “local authorities”.

Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, MP Akhtem Chiygoz spoke about the situation in a commentary to QHA media.

According to him, ignoring the “elections” by Crimeans is an ongoing systemic protest.

“Crimean Tatars make up about 15% of the Crimean population, and if more than 70% do not participate in the “elections”, this is already a wide section,” Chiygoz said.

The politician noted that the invaders tried to convince the Crimean Tatars of the need to participate in pseudo-elections, however, despite the manipulations, people “were not deceived and understood that this was a serious policy of approving the occupation of Crimea.”

The People’s Deputy stressed, that very few Crimean Tatars submitted their candidacies for “local government.” Thus, of the 24 thousand Crimean Tatar residents of the Bakhchysarai district, only 34 people gave their consent to fight for seats in the local “village councils”.

In one of the large villages of Bakhchysarai, where there are more than 6 thousand voters, of which one and a half thousand are Crimean Tatars, only 10 appointees ran to become a “council member”, and not one of them won.

Earlier, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said that residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea ignored the “election”, despite all the attempts of Moscow. According to him, the “elections” were boycotted not only by the Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians, but also by many of those who five years ago were actively waving the Russian flag on Crimean squares.

“Elections” in Crimea were not recognized by Ukraine, EU countries, the USA and other states.