Election of the rural governorsWe will provide villages, rural governors with additional powers to improvetheir influence on the situation in villages.However, at the same time we need to improve public control and citizens’influence on the situation on the ground. Therefore I decided to introduceappointment by election of the rural governors through local councils. Wewill start the elections in 2013.In total 2533 governors will be elected, including governors of rural districts,villages and 50 governors of towns of regional significance.This makes 91.7% of governors of all levels! Thus election process willcover all governors who directly work with citizens and resolve theproblems on the ground.It’s now time for the citizens to get actively involved in resolving therelevant issues on the ground supporting their local authorities to do so.I task the Government jointly with my Administration to accelerate thenecessary legislative acts, and the Parliament to provide their acceptancein the priority order.We should follow the civilized path, together with the whole world and totake a course towards further democratization of the society.We should continue our policy of strengthening the Parliaments powers.
At the same time, decentralization should not be assessed exclusively as aprocess of creating new bodies of power at the local level, to transfercertain powers there.Decentralization first of all is a qualitative change of the state managementsystem, change of the resolution system for the local-scale level.Simultaneously, decentralization should not lead to the weakening of thevertical of power, decreasing of the executive discipline and order. We can’tlet that happen. Governors on the ground, the Government should keepthat under special control.