Parliamentary elections in Chechnya

Dear readers, below is an updated collection of our articles on the parliamentary elections in Chechnya scheduled by Moscow for November 27, 2005, as well as a brief chronology of previous votes held in the republic.

Results of parliamentary elections in Chechnya were as predicted
November 30th 2005 Prague Watchdog / Umalt Chadayev
"For us it was no secret that the results were determined in advance, and that this parliament will be composed only of people whom the ‘Kadyrov team’ has appointed," said a Chechen refugee.

Much Ado about Nothing
November 28th 2005 Petr Janouch
The biggest change the "elections" will bring is to family budgets of the 58 parliamentarians, all protégés of Ramzan Kadyrov, the "First Deputy Prime-Minister," who will surely come regularly to collect his kick-back.

In Argun parliamentary elections passed slowly and quietly
November 28th 2005 Prague Watchdog / Lecha Sadayev
At 10am, i.e., two hours after voting began, the courtyard of voting station No. 4 was deserted, apart from two duty policemen.

Kremlin-staged parliamentary elections take place in Chechnya
November 27th 2005 Prague Watchdog / Tomáš Vršovský
Some experts forecast that the vote will only be an imitation of a true political resolution to the Chechen conflict.

Preparations for parliamentary elections in Chechnya are complete
November 18th 2005 Prague Watchdog / Lecha Sadayev
The lists of those eligible to vote comprise 596,000 people, including 34,000 Russian military personnel, said Ismail Baykhanov, chairman of the republic’s electoral commission.

357 candidates contest 58 seats in Chechen Parliament
October 31st 2005 Prague Watchdog / Lecha Sadayev
Campaigning in the media began on October 29 and will continue for a month; elections are scheduled to take place on November 27.

Chechen election campaign picks up speed
September 21st 2005 Prague Watchdog / Lecha Sadayev
Among those who expressed a desire to fight for parliamentary seats are Salambek Kunchalov, former member of the parliament of independent Chechnya.

Chechnya needs public discussion, not repression
August 9th 2005 Prague Watchdog / Ruslan Isayev
The upcoming parliamentary elections are sure only to increase the number of obedient officials eager to carry out the non-intelligent will of the Kremlin.

"Bes" begins election campaign in Chechnya
June 9th 2005 Prague Watchdog / Ruslan Isayev
By appearing on the scene, Gantamirov is not only able to reshuffle the cards in the republic’s present leadership, but has also provided the basis for rumors about a possible change in the federal centre's policy in Chechnya.

A brief chronology of previous votes held in the republic after the break-up of the USSR.

October 27, 1991
Presidential and parliamentary elections. Major General of the Soviet Army, Jokhar Dudayev, was elected President. While observers from Baltic countries and Georgia as well as representatives of NGOs from other countries acknowledged their results, Russia did not.

December 17, 1995
The Moscow-staged presidential elections. Former secretary of the regional committee of the Soviet Communist Party, Doku Zavgayev, was declared the winner. The results were not fully acknowledged in Chechnya or abroad.

January 27, 1997
Presidential and parliamentary elections. Aslan Maskhadov was elected President. The vote was held under the auspices of OSCE, and international organizations and foreign governments acknowledged their results.

March 23, 2003
The Moscow-staged referendum on the new Constitution of the Chechen Republic. Independent and international observers cast doubt on the results (see articles by Prague Watchdog).

October 5, 2003
The Moscow-staged presidential elections. The head of the Moscow-backed administration of the Chechen Republic, Akhmad Kadyrov, was declared the winner. Independent and international observers cast doubt on the results (see articles by Prague Watchdog).

August 29, 2004
Early presidential elections, caused by the May 9 assassination of Akhmat Kadyrov. Interior Minister of the Chechen Republic, Alu Alkhanov, became President. Independent and international observers cast doubt on the results (see articles by Prague Watchdog).




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