Friday, Federation Council stamped a seal of approval on Medvedev’s initiative to restore direct elections of governors.
– Two years ago I thought direct elections were dangerous, but now I see that people are mature enough to choose their leaders by themselves, said Medvedev yesterday in an interview to Russian TV channels.
The bill on direct elections of governors was submitted to the Duma by President Dmitry Medvedev on January 16, 2012. According to the bill, Russian citizens over 30 years – be those party members or self-nominees – can run for elections if the region finds it relevant. The bill forbids felons to run for the governorship. A winning candidate is the one who scores over 50% of votes.
The document stipulates that a governor can be elected for the term of five years and be re-elected just once in a row. The elections may come in two rounds.