General information about Qurultay

 

Regulations of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people

 

Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people - national congress is the supreme representative plenipotentiary body of the Crimean Tatar people (hereinafter - Qurultay).

The Crimean Tatar people is represented on Qurultay by the delegates, elected by Crimean Tatars and members of their families, irrespective of their nationality, who permanently reside in the territory of Ukraine, both Crimean Tatars and members of their families - citizens of Ukraine, irrespective of their place of residence.

Qurultay is to be elected every 5 years.

 

I. General provisions

1.1. Regulations of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people (hereinafter - Regulations of Qurultay) defines the authorities and the order of activity of Qurultay and its bodies.

1.2. Regulations of Qurultay to be adopted by 2/3 of the votes of the delegates present at its session. Amendments and additions to the Regulations of Qurultay are to be made on the sessions of Qurultay and adopted by at least 2/3 of votes of the delegates registered at its session.

1.3. The official language of Qurultay is Crimean Tatar.

 

II. Authorities of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people

2.1. Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people:

- makes decisions on all essential issues of political, social and economic, cultural and other aspects of people’s life;

- adopts the Regulations of Qurultay and Provisions:

- on the status of the delegate of Qurultay;

- on Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people (Qirim Tatar Milli Mejlisi);

- on Revision committee of Qurultay;

- on elections of the delegates of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people;

- defines the main ways and forms of Mejlis’ activity and other bodies of Qurultay, makes decisions on their formation and dismissal;

- elects Working bodies of Qurultay’s session: the Presidium, Secretariat, Drafting committee, Election Commission; Chairman of Mejlis and permanent bodies of Qurultay: Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Revision committee of Qurultay, Credentials committee and the Central Election Commission;

- makes changes to the structures of: Mejlis, Revision committee of Qurultay, the Central Election Commissionon elections of the delegates of Qurultay and to other bodies formed by it;

- confirms the authorities of the Chairman of Mejlis, chairman of Revision committee of Qurultay;

- hears the reports of the elective bodies and evaluates their activity and makes decisions on them, if necessary;

- confirms the authorities of newly elected delegates and makes decision on termination of the authorities of the delegate.

2.2. Decisions of Qurultay are obligatory for its delegates, the bodies formed by it and the whole system of national representation and self-government of the Crimean Tatar people: Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people (hereinafter - Mejlis), regional and local mejlises, Committees for assistance to return of Crimean Tatars, their divisions and bodies formed by them, representatives of Mejlis in other countries.

2.3. Only Qurultay or persons and bodies, authorized by Qurultay can make statements and any other actions on behalf of Qurultay.

 

III. Procedure of the session of Qurultay

3.1. Sessions of Qurultay are to be called by Mejlis at least once in 2,5 years.

3.2. Sessions of Qurultay can be also called by written request of at least 1/3 of the number of delegates, at this Mejlis to call this session of Qurultay within 2 months from the date of submission of the request.

3.3. The decision as for the time of calling of the session to be announced in one month before its opening. Delegates of Qurultay are to be notified in written form, and acknowledged with the draft of the agenda adopted by Mejlis and the procedure of the session announced by Qurultay within 15 days.

3.4. To prepare the session of Qurultay Mejlis to form the organizing committee that after elections of the Presidium of the session of Qurultay to go under its authority until the end of its work. The organizing committee provides helding of the session of Qurultay, executes the assignments of the Presidium of the session of Qurultay.

3.5. Qurultay is eligible if at least 2/3 of the number of its delegated were registered before the beginning of its session.

3.6. The national Crimean Tatar hymn and the national anthem of Ukraine to be performed at the opening and closing of the sessions of Qurultay.

3.7. The work of the first session of new convocation of Qurultay before the elections of the Presidium of the session of Qurultay to be chaired by the chairman of the Central Election Commission.

3.8. Sessions of Qurultay are open and made public.

3.9. The representatives of the state bodies, political parties and public organizations, foreign guests can be invited by Mejlis to attend the sessions of Qurultay. The representatives of Mass Media are to be accredited at the sessions in compliance with the order, established by Mejlis.

3.10 Qurultay can adopt decision to carry out the closed meeting of its session.

3.11 Qurultay fixes a time limit for the reporters and participants of debates and the Presidium of the session of Qurultay ensures its observance. The persons that do not stick to the time limit or let themselves unethical statements against the participants of the session, could be deprived of their right to speak by the chairman. Participant of Qurultay, who offends Qurultay and its delegates by improper behavior, could be removed from the session only by the decision of the majority of the present delegates of Qurultay.

3.12. The session of Qurultay finishes its work after the exhaustion of its agenda, or ahead of schedule in accordance with the decision of the delegates of Qurultay.

3.13. At the moment of closing of the session of Qurultay the working bodies of the session are to be dissolved.

 

IV. Procedure of consideration and decision-making at the session of Qurultay

4.1. Drafts of new conditions and documents, additions and amendments to current provisions and other documents, or their cancellation to be submitted to consideration of Qurultay by organizing committee on preparation and carrying out of the session of Qurultay.

4.2. Before the opening of the session of Qurultay the delegates submit their written propositions to organizing committee.

4.3. Propositions, submitted by delegates during the meeting of the session, to be considered by the working bodies of the session of Qurultay under condition of their submission in written form to the Secretariat of the session of Qurultay.

4.4. Delegates and the invited guests, who wish to circulate any materials among the participants of the session, can do this via the Secretariat of the session of Qurultay.

4.5. Decisions of Qurultay to be adopted by the delegates in open, roll-call or secret voting.

4.6. Calculation of the votes during an open voting to be conducted by the teller from among the delegates.

4.7. During an open voting the delegates vote by showing their mandates.

4.8. The returning board to be elected to carry out a secret ballot.

4.9. Adoption of an agenda and further amendments and additions made to it by the majority of the votes of delegates registered by the beginning of the session, and other decisions of Qurultay to be adopted by the majority of the votes of delegates registered by the beginning of the session.

 

V. Delegate of Qurultay

5.1. Delegate of Qurultay represents the interests of his voters and organizes one’s activity according to the Regulations of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, Provision on Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Provision on the status of the delegate of Qurultay, decisions of Qurultay and Mejlis.

5.2. Elections of the delegates to be conducted in compliance with the Provision on the elections of the delegates of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, adopted by Qurultay.

The main principle of elections of the delegates is equal universal voting right.

5.3. Powers of the delegates to be confirmed by Qurultay on nomination of the Credentials committee.

5.4. The rights and duties of the delegate are defined in the Provision on the status of the delegate of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people.

5.5. The term of office of the delegate begins from the date of their approval and ends after the opening of the first session of new convocation of Qurultay.

5.6. Powers of the delegate terminate ahead of schedule:

- in connection with his statement on resignation;

- in connection with the delegate’s death;

- by the decision of Qurultay.

The decision on pre-term termination of powers of the delegate is to be adopted by Qurultay in accordance with the order, established by the Provision on the status of the delegate of Qurultay.

 

VI. Workers and permanent elective bodies of Qurultay

Delegates of Qurultay to elect working bodies from among them in order to organize the work of the session of Qurultay and that terminate their activity after the end of Qurultay’s session, the Chairman of Mejlis, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Revision committee, Credentials committee, Central election commission of Qurultay that are replaceable, accountable to Qurultay and function on the basis of the Provisions, adopted by Qurultay and other decisions of Qurultay.

6.1. Presidium of the session of Qurultay:

- is elected by open voting in quantity, defined by Qurultay;

- performs the functions of the governing body of the session of Qurultay;

- distributes duties between members of the Presidium;

- organizes and carries out the work of Qurultay in compliance with agenda and this Regulations;

- co-ordinates the work of all working bodies of Qurultay. Members of Presidium preside over the sessions of Qurultay in turn. Members of the Presidium together with the Chairman of Secretariat of the session are to ratify all documents adopted on Qurultay.

6.2. Secretariat of the session of Qurultay:

- is elected by open voting in quantity, defined by Qurultay;

- elects from its members a Chairman and his deputy;

- distributes duties between the members of Secretariat;

- organizes record-keeping (audio, video, shorthand) of the session of Qurultay;

- collects written texts of reports;

- organizes gathering of written propositions and other documents of the delegates and participants of the meetings, addressed to Qurultay, and submits them to corresponding working bodies of Qurultay;

- provides timely printing, copying and distribution of the required documents, reference materials and information texts, drafts of decisions among the delegates and other participants of Qurultay;

- provides timely printing and a submission of the documents adopted during the meeting;

- creates on the basis of written propositions the preliminary lists of speakers and submits them to the Presidium of the session of Qurultay;

- analyzes, summarizes and submits to the Presidium of the session of Qurultay and other working bodies of Qurultay the propositions, received from the delegates and participants of Qurultay;

- solves organizational and technical questions outside the frameworks of the meetings of Qurultay;

- prepares run-time messages for Mass Media as for the course of work of Qurultay;

- organizes meetings, interviews of the delegates of Qurultay with the journalists that cover the course of work of Qurultay.

After the end of the session of Qurultay all received documents to be worked out and submitted to Secretariat of Mejlis within 10 days under certificate.

6.3. Drafting committeeof the session of Qurultay:

- is elected by open voting in quantity, defined by Qurultay;

- elects from its members the Chairman and its deputy;

- organizes analysis and summarization of propositions made during the speeches or received in written form;

- prepares and submits drafts for adoption of Qurultay and after their adoption passes them to the Secretariat of the session of Qurultay.

6.4. Credentials committee of Qurultay:

- is elected at the first session of new convocation of Qurultay by open voting in the quantity defined by Qurultay. Its powers are valid during all the period of powers of the current convocation of Qurultay;

- elects from its members the Chairman and secretary;

- examines the results of the elections of the delegates in accordance with the documents submitted by the Central elective commission, checks validity of authorities of the arrived delegates, makes decisions on the results of this work and submits it for approval of Qurultay;

- summarizes the data about the participants of Qurultay and informs all present about it;

- replaces the temporary certificates of the delegates of Qurultay with mandates;

- observes obeying of Regulations of Qurultay and gives corresponding explanations to the inquiries of the delegates and Presidium of the session of Qurultay.

6.5. Returning board:

- is elected by open voting from among the delegates who are not candidates to other elective bodies of Qurultay, in quantity defined by Qurultay;

- elects at its session the chairman and secretary;

- prepares ballot papers for secret ballot, distributes them among the delegates and defines a voting procedure. Ballot papers to be ratified by the chairman and secretary of the Returning board and sealed;

- prepares the sealed up ballot box and ensures observance of a secret ballot;

- calculates votes on the basis of examination of the bulletins, defines the validity and invalidity of the ballot papers;

- drawsup thereportsin accordance with the established form on the results of each voting and submits them to Qurultay for approval.

The reports of the Returning board to be submitted to the Secretariat of the session together with the ballot papers in sealed up packages for the subsequent storage in the archive of Mejlis.

6.6. The Chairman of Mejlis to be elected by every new convocation of Qurultay by a secret ballot from among the delegates of Qurultay. Rejections of nominees are to be satisfied without discussion. The candidates who received the majority of votes of the present delegates in the result of an open voting are to be included into the ballot papers. The candidate who received more than half of the votes of the present delegates is to be considered as elected on the post of the Chairman of Mejlis. If during the voting any candidate didn’t receive the required amount of votes, the new nomination of candidates to be announced and new voting to be held. On request of at least 1/3 of the registered delegates at the session of Qurultay or at the suggestion of the Chairman the procedure of acknowledgement of authority of the Chairman of Mejlis to be carried out. Authority of the Chairman of Mejlis is to be considered approved if atleast half of the present delegates gave their votes for him on a secret ballot. In case the authority of the Chairman of Mejlis was not acknowledged the new elections to be conducted in accordance with the procedure established.

The rights, authorities and duties of the Chairman of Mejlis are defined by the present Regulations of Qurultay and Provision on Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. Chairman of Mejlis cannot hold the highest posts in the political organizations and state bodies, commercial and business structures. The delegate elected to this position must abdicate one’sresponsibilities of the head of the mentioned above organizations, enterprises, associations within two months.

6.7. Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the period between the sessions of Qurultay to be lodgedwith powersof the supreme plenipotentiary representative and executive body of the Crimean Tatar people.

Mejlisin its activity is accountable to Qurultay, and is guided by its decisions, this Regulations, standards of the International law and legislative acts of Ukraine that do not contradict to these standards. Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people is composed of 33 persons, including the Chairman of Mejlis. After elections of the Chairman of Mejlis the members of Mejlis are elected among the delegates of Qurultay by secret ballot. The Chairman of Mejlis without discussion and voting can reject up to 1/10 of the candidates nominated to inclusion into the ballot paper.

The candidates that received the majority of votes of the present delegates in open voting to be entered into the ballot paper, except for those nominees that were rejected by the Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in compliance with the order provided by the Regulations. Rejections of nominees are to be satisfied without discussion. The candidates who received the relative majority of votes are to be admitted as elected.

In case, when two and more candidates received the same quantity of votes, they are to take part in repeated voting. The procedure of voting is to be defined by Qurultay.

At session of Qurultay on request of at least 1/3 of the registered delegates the full composition of Mejlis or its separate members could be reelected. The decision on reelection is to be considered as adopted if it received more than half of votes of the registered delegates in a secret ballot.

Members of Mejlis have the right to leave Mejlis on their own will by submitting the written application at the session of Qurultay.

In case the decision was made on reelection of the whole composition of Mejlis or its separate members the new elections to be carried out in compliance with the procedure established.

At the session of Qurultay the whole composition of Mejlis or its separate members could be impeachedcredibility. The decision on mistrust is to be accepted if more than half of the registered delegates gave their votes for it.

6.8. Revision committee of Qurultay exercisescontrolover the activity of the bodies of the national self-government in all levels (Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, regional and local mejlises, Committees for assistance to return of Crimean Tatars) on implementation of the decisions of Qurultay and their financial activity. The Revision committee operates on the basis of Regulations of Qurultay, Provision on Revision committee of Qurultay, other decisions of Qurultay and is accountable to Qurultay. The Revision committee of Qurultay is elected by a secret ballot from the delegates of Qurultay. The quantitative composition of the Revision committee is defined by Qurultay. Rejections of nominees are to be satisfied without discussion. The candidates who received the majority of votes of the present delegates in an open voting are to be included into the ballot papers. The candidates who received the relative majority of votes, but at least 1/3 of the delegates of Qurultay who took part in the voting are to be considered as elected to the Revision committee.

The Chairman of the Revision committee is to be approved by Qurultay by simple majority of votes of the present delegates on submission of the members of the Revision committee. At the session Qurultay on request of at least 1/3 of the registered delegates or on submission of the Chairman of the Revision committee the procedure of acknowledgement of authority of the Chairman of the Revision committee to be carried out. The authority of the Chairman of the Revision committee is to be considered as approved if it received more than half of the votes of the registered delegates in a secret ballot.

In case the authority of the Chairman of the Revision committee was not acknowledged the new elections are to be conducted in accordance with the procedure established.

At the session of Qurultay on request of 1/3 of the registered delegates the whole composition of the Revision committee or its separate members could be reelected. The decision on reelection is considered to be approved if it received more than half of votes of the registered delegates in a secret ballot.

Members of the Revision committee have right to leave the Revision committee on their own will by submitting the written application at the session of Qurultay. In case the decision was made on reelection of the whole composition of the Revision committee or its separate members the new elections to be held in compliance with the procedure established. The Chairman and members of the Revision committee of Qurultay cannot be the members of other elective bodies of Qurultay or bodies of national self-government in any level.

6.9. The Central Election Commissionconsisting of 15 membersis formed by the decision of Qurultay. The Central Election Commissionelects the chairman, deputy chairman and the secretary from its members. The Central Election Commissionheads the system of Election Commissions(regional and local) and executes its activity in compliance with the Regulations on Qurultay and Provision on elections of the delegates of Qurultay.

The Central Election Commissionensures the elections of the delegates of Qurultay. The authorities of the Central Election Commissionare to be terminated after the election of its new composition.

 

VII. Financing of the activity of Qurultay and its bodies

7.1. Financing of the activity of Qurultay and its bodies is made at the expense of the assets, formed of donations received from legal and physical persons.

 

Adopted on the third session of the 4th Qurultay

of the Crimean Tatar people

in new wording with amendments and additions.

Simferopol, September 12, 2004

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