South Ossetian referendum, 2011

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A referendum on making Ossetian and Russian official languages was held in South Ossetia on 13 November 2011,[1] alongside presidential elections. The referendum was originally scheduled for 11 September 2011,[2] but on 12 August the decision was made to postpone it.

Prior to the referendum the first section of the fourth article of the constitution states that Ossetian is the national language in South Ossetia, while the second section states that Russian (together with Ossetian and, in certain cases, Georgian) is the official language of government bodies, state administration and local self-government.[3]

Results[edit]

Do you agree Ossetian and Russian should be the national languages of South Ossetia?

Choice Votes %
For 19,797 83.54
Against 3,902 16.46
Invalid/blank votes 38
Total 23,737 100
Registered voters/turnout 67.05
Source: Direct Democracy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Decree to postpone a vote on the referendum in the Republic of South Ossetia" (in Russian). Official website of the President of South Ossetia. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Decree on holding a referendum in the Republic of South Ossetia" (in Russian). Tskhinvali: Official website of the President of South Ossetia. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Constitution of the Republic of South Ossetia (in Russian) on the official website of the President of South Ossetia