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The Supreme Court of South Ossetia illegally interfered in the work of the CEC: CEC head of Abkhazia

SUKHUM -- The chairman of Abkhazia’s Central Election Commission, Batal Tabagua, expressed the hope that on Monday, December 5, the Supreme Court of South Ossetia will take the right decision on the claim of the supporters of former presidential candidate of South Ossetia Alla Dzhioeva. As Tabagua stated to IA REGNUM on 3 December, the correct decision in the present case would be precisely the one which complies with the law.

"In general, with regard to the situation in the Republic, I can say one thing: one should never interfere with the work of the Central Election Commission, even by the Supreme Court. In any case, the verdict of the election should be decided by the CEC and not by any other organ of power. The Supreme Court can then intervene if there are violations, but not in advance. I think in this case that it is clear that the CEC was not given a chance to perform its functions," is the opinion of Tabagua.

We recall that the second round of presidential elections in South Ossetia took place on 27 November. On 28 November, the Supreme Court prevented the CEC of the Republic of South Ossetia from announcing the preliminary results of the ballot in connection with the fact that the court received a complaint from the party "Unity", which had nominated as candidate for election Anatolij Bibilov, about the actions of the supporters of Dzhioeva and members of the CEC, who, according to the complainants, committed violations. On 29 November, the Supreme Court upheld the complaint of "Unity" and deemed the presidential election invalid. Parliament designated the 25 March 2012 as the date for a second election. However, the opposition filed a counterclaim in the Supreme Court, demanding that Dzhioeva be recognised as the elected president. According to the CEC’s preliminary data, Bibilov lost to Dzhioeva by 16% of the votes cast by the electors.

In Tskhinval, an action by supporters of Dzhioeva in continuing.

Today, 3 December, in Tskhinval talks are also continuing between the opposition and the head of the office of the Russian president, Sergey Vinokurov, who, during the election campaign, supported the candidacy of Bibilov.

It is assumed that consideration of the claim of Dzhioeva’s supporters will take place on 5 December.

Source: Regnum (Верховный суд Южной Осетии незаконно вмешался в работу ЦИК: Глава ЦИК Абхазии)

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