Crimean parliament moves referendum date to March 16, and presents Putin with annexation proposal

It’s better to solve this problem with votes instead of bullets. But will the elections be free and fair? Should it be a national instead of a local referendum, as Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko pointed out? Who will monitor the elections? (If the EU went in, then Russia would be aggravated, but if Russia went in, the ballots would be stuffed. Perhaps Norway – in the EEA, but not EU – or Botswana – with a track record of strong democracy – would be ideal candidates for voting supervision.

Voices of Ukraine

Simferopol, March 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The proposed referendum on the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has been moved from March 30 to March 16.

The Crimean Supreme Council passed a resolution today on the holding of the Crimean referendum in Sevastopol, the press centre of the Crimean parliament reported.

According to the document, the referendum ballot paper will contain two questions:
1. Do you support Crimea’s reunification with Russia?
2. Do you support the restoration of the Constitution of the Crimean Republic dated 1992 and Crimea’s status as a part of Ukraine?

The question which gets most votes will be seen as a direct expression of the will of the population of Crimea, the document reads.

The Crimean Parliament also presented the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the Federal Assembly of the State Duma of the Russian Federation with a proposal to initiate the procedure of…

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