September 8, on the eve of elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the enterprises and administrations in the Crimea compiled the lists of all employees, according to the First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Jelal.
Such a "census" was conducted in public sector institutions as well as in private firms.
“All the employees will be obliged to come to the polling stations under pain of dismissal or other penalties. The authorities fear for a low voting turnout. Especially in Crimea. The election campaign in Crimea is deader than the leader of world proletariat. Low turnout will reveal the carefully hidden problems. That is the reason for obligation. Officials are waiting for September 18 like for some kind of an apocalyptic date. Will their world strengthen or collapse,” Nariman Jelal wrote.
The First Deputy Chairman said that the vote is a personal decision of every citizen.
“We all need to remember that the voting is our right, but not the obligation. And a boycott of the election is not the divorce from reality, but a demonstration of a political position. Everyone should decide what to choose. Being a slave or defending the right to freedom of choice. It is not the choice of candidates, but the choice between slavery and freedom.
Remember, the pressure will be imposed individually, as a warning to others. They will not be able to dismiss hundreds of thousands of doctors and teachers, they would not have the guts,” he said.
The chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov appealed to Crimean residents with a request to boycott the elections to the State Duma of Russia, September 18, 2016. Illegal elections to the Russian Parliament in the occupied Crimea will not only illegitimate so-called "Crimean deputies," but also challenge the legitimacy of the all the State Duma Members, he believes.
Elections to the State Duma are scheduled for September 18 on a mixed system: 225 deputies are elected on party lists and 225 - from the territorial electoral districts. Elections are to be conducted in the annexed Crimea for the first time.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the elections in the annexed Crimea are illegal.
The Crimean Prosecutor's Office in Kiev, threatened to start criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.