On November 13, 2011 in the Republic of South Ossetia were held Presidential elections and a referendum on the status of Russian language.
Elections and referendum were conducted in full accordance with electoral legislation of the Republic of South Ossetia and international standards. A voting was held at 84 polling stations, including election centers established at the territory of embassies of the Republic of South Ossetia in Russian Federation and Republic of Abkhazia. 73 international observers from 10 countries were monitoring the course of elections and were vocal in their opinion that elections and referendum in the Republic of South Ossetia completely corresponded to high election standards and democratic principles. A large number of journalists were giving coverage to the course of elections.
According to preliminary data of the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of South Ossetia, out of 11 candidates that took part in the elections two candidates are in the lead – A.I. Bibilov and A.A. Djioeva who will compete in second round.
At the referendum majority of the electorate were voting for endowing of Russian language status of state language together with Ossetian.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia, a law enforcement bodies were working in a customary regime.
Tskhinval, November 14, 2011