Deputy of Respublika - Ata Jurt faction Mirlan Zheenchoroev proposed amendments to the law On the status of the capital, according to which Bishkek mayor will be elected directly by the citizens, not by the City Council according to the existing legislation.
As the initiator of the changes noted, it is proposed to simplify the requirements to a candidate. "He must have a university degree, be at the age of 35 -65, not to have criminal records or they should be removed in accordance with the law. We offer to retain only these requirements," the deputy said.
MP offers also to cancel the requirement for the state language. "Whether he speaks the state language or not, whether he has management skills - it should be decided by the voters when meeting with him," the MP said.
It is proposed that the mayor elections to be held simultaneously with the elections to the City Council, which are scheduled by the Central Election Commission. It is also proposed that only political parties can nominate the candidates.
"This is done in order the citizens can elect city council deputies and a mayor on the same day. We propose that the elections were held in one round: that is, the candidate, who wins the maximum number of votes, will take the post. But the party, which puts forward a mayoral candidate, has to collect 5,000 signatures of citizens," he said.
Such a requirement for 5,000 signatures of citizens is suggested in order only those parties which have the support of the population to nominate the candidates, the deputy said.
A significant change proposed by the deputy is that the citizens will be also able to express distrust in the mayor. They just have to collect 10,000 signatures, but it must be supported by two thirds of the deputies of the City Council.
As Mirlan Zheenchoroev explained, the threshold of 10,000 signatures for a vote of no confidence is set to avoid dismissal of a mayor by any housing estate with 3-5 thousand collected signatures.
"A mayor may propose his own program of development in addition to the party one," Mirlan Zheenchoroev said.
Abolition of the requirement on the state language caused debates among the deputies of the faction.
"Akayev has introduced artificial requirement - knowledge of state language. Some respected academics decide whether this or that person will be mayor or president, but this issue should be decided by the people. There should be people, who are able to work, state language knowledge requirement was introduced as a tool to restrict access to the power of some politicians, and the people will not vote for someone, who does not speak the state language," Omurbek Babanov said.
He noted that 35- year-old threshold was set for the candidates to have life and work experience.
"The main requirement is to gather 5,000 signatures of voters. If he can convince 5,000 people, he can run for mayor," Mirlan Zheenchoroev said.
According to the initiators, they offer not to set a threshold for election attendance and consider them valid according to the number of votes. "We have to respect the position of those who came to the polling stations, and those who did not come there," Mirlan Zheenchoroev said.