The powers of the Qurultay delegates elected in 2013 are to be extended until the de-occupation of the Crimea, that is, until the moment when it is possible to hold democratic elections for new delegates.

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev made a corresponding statement in an interview to journalists, speaking about the conference of Qurultay delegates of the sixth convocation, which is to be held in Kyiv on November 12, the QHA correspondent reports.

According to Dzhemilev, the problem lies in the fact that the regulations of the Qurultay and the Mejlis did not provide for emergency situations like war and occupation. This year the term of office of the delegates of Qurultay expires.

“It is impossible to hold new democratic elections of the delegates of Qurultay in the occupation. Now we are planning to bring delegates together and decide on the prolongation of powers until the conditions for the democratic election of legitimate delegates are created. And this is possible only after the de-occupation of the Crimea.”

To decide on the extension of powers, it is necessary to have at least 160 delegates at the conference, that is, two-thirds of the votes from the total number of Qurultay which is 248 delegates.

Dzhemilev believes that due to the opposition to the occupation authorities, a quorum is unlikely to be reached at the Qurultay conference.

In this regard, a voting mechanism is being developed for those who cannot leave the Crimea. The draft decisions, which will gain the most votes in Kyiv, will be forwarded to the delegates in the Crimea for voting. Decisions will take effect after collecting all votes.

According to Dzhemilev, some delegates have already arrived in Kyiv from the Crimea.

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people further noted that, most likely, the current Qurultay will not consider the issue regarding the powers of the current Chairman of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov.
On 12 November, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people will hold a conference of Qurultay delegates in Kyiv.

At the conference the situation in Crimea and the tasks of national self-government bodies in the conditions of the temporary occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation will be discussed.

According to the current "Regulations of the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People", the Qurultay is a "national congress, the highest representative authority of the Crimean Tatar people" and convenes every five years. The delegates of Qurultay are elected by the Crimean Tatars and members of their families permanently residing in the territory of Ukraine regardless of nationality, and Crimean Tatars and members of their families - citizens of Ukraine, regardless of their place of residence.

Qurultay forms the Mejlis - the highest plenipotentiary representative-executive body of the Crimean Tatar people in the period between sessions of Qurultay.