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TSKHINVAL, March 25 (Itar-Tass) — Polling stations in the capital of South Ossetia which elects repeatedly its president this Sunday, welcomed first voters.
Incidentally a Tass correspondent saw a small line already at 08.00 at the door of polling station No. 3 in downtown Tskhinval.
Voters received ballot papers, on which all the four candidates for the top state post put their signatures before casting them into a ballot box. A mark, showing that the voter already cast his ballot, is put in his passport before the exit from the poll.
All these procedures underwent Tskhinval resident Anatoly Dudayev who told Itar-Tass that he voted for candidate Leonid Tibilov. “He is an experienced person, was in charge of KGB bodies, knows the republic and people well. We need a president who knows our people and will bring society closer together,” he emphasized.
According to Dudayev, the first elections in November when there were over a dozen of candidates, “split Ossetians”. “We should be brought closer together and should march forward with Russia’s aid,” he concluded.
The second voter, Arsen, cast his ballot for republican Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Medoyev. “We need now experienced diplomats so that they could win recognition of the republic’s independence by many countries. Then, it will be easier for us to restore the republic after many years of destruction.
“But we cannot do anything without Russia. We are just nothing without it. And this is true,” the voter underlined.
Chairman of polling station No.3 Ilya Khugayev noted that the main flow of voters is expected by dinner time. “The turnout at our poll is always over 70 percent,” he noted.
Incidentally, Dmitry Medoyev, running for the presidential post, came to a polling station and voted “for the republic’s independence".
He stressed that the present elections are another step towards confirming South Ossetia’s independence. “We shall consolidate our independence, shall strive for recognition by the international community and shall build a democratic state,” Medoyev said after casting his ballot paper into a ballot box.