Prosecutor's Office to see if Aman Tuleev’s mandate is legal

Prosecutor's Office to see if Aman Tuleev’s mandate is legal
Aman Tuleev

Under the Russian legislation, a candidate's seat must remain vacant until the next election, which will be held in autumn 2018.

Maxim Uchvatov, a Kemerovo member of the All-Russia People’s Front (ONF) sent appeals to the Prosecutor General's Office and the Central Election Commission asking them to review the legality of the deputy mandate issued to ex-governor Aman Tuleev. According to Uchvatov, the Central Election Commission violated the law by issuing the document to the former governor.

"Tuleev became a deputy of the Council of People's Deputies replacing Van Vai-Chen just two days after he resigned from office. Tuleev became head of the regional parliament just 10 days later, after former speaker Alexey Sinitsyn resigned just so Tuleev could have his job," Uchvatov said.

He continued saying: "The election to the Council of People's Deputies was held in 2013, and it was the last election of people's representatives. 30 candidates from United Russia entered, with Tuleev heading the list – he refused his mandate in favor of the governor. Tuleev's mandate should have passed to the person below him on the party list; those are the rules," said the social activist.

He then reminded: "the region’s election law states that once you give up your deputy's mandate, you cannot take it back. So, the mandate of the United Russia deputy Van Vai-Chen, who resigned before the end of his term in October 2016, was supposed to be passed to another person within 14 days. Thus, the deadline for the transfer of his mandate expired in November 2016," Uchvatov stated.

According to him, under the law, Van Vai-Chen’s place should have remained vacant until the next election that will be held in autumn 2018.

The public official said that the CEC violated the regional election law. He appealed to Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika and the CEC Chairwoman Ella Pamfilova asking to review the legality of the deputy mandate issued to ex-governor Aman Tuleev.

Uchvatov believes that the CEC decision must be revoked and Tuleev must lose his deputy status.

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