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The bill on the return of direct elections of mayors has been submitted to the State Duma, the author of the initiative, chairman of the State Duma Committee on federal Structure and Local self-government, deputy head of the LDPR Alexey Didenko said.
According to him, the goal of the initiative is to develop democratic institutions, as well as institutions of elections and multiparty system. He proposes to make elections mandatory in urban districts and the largest settlements.
“All administrative centers of the subjects of the federation automatically fall here, — Didenko told the portal URA.RU.
The deputy believes that the return of direct mayoral elections will increase people’s interest in politics. The reduction of direct electoral procedures at the level of districts, settlements and urban districts does not correspond to the trends of democracy and the involvement of the population in solving local issues. This leads to an increase in discontent when citizens boycott voting at all levels, including in the State Duma elections, Didenko concluded.