6 November 2018, 18:25


Observers from 22 countries confirm readiness to arrive in LPR for Nov 11 elections - CEC

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LUGANSK, November 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) - More than 40 observers from 22 countries have confirmed their readiness to arrive in the Lugansk People’s Republic to monitor the parliamentary and Head of the Republic elections on November 11, Central Election Commission Secretary Yekaterina Tereschenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

The parliamentary and Head of the Republic elections on November 11, 2018 will be monitored by observers, "including foreign observers who will be unhindered in performing their task to organise professional, objective and unbiased monitoring," Tereschenko said.

"Participation in the monitoring has already been confirmed by 45 foreign observers from the Russian Federation, Finland, Holland, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Yemen, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Syria, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, Canada and the United States of America,” the CEC secretary said.

She said that the observers, upon arrival in the LPR, will complete the accreditation procedure in accordance with the CEC regulations.

“The international observers will be guaranteed complete security and necessary conditions to fulfil their mission,” she added.

The CEC secretary said that under the LPR legislation, foreign observers had the right to see voter lists, visit voting stations on the election day, monitor the issue of ballot papers, vote count and the drawing of protocol on voting results, and complain about action or inaction by local election officials to the Central Election Commission.

The observers, including international observers, have no right to issue ballot papers to voters, confirm the receipt of voting paper by signing for voters, fill in a voting paper, take actions violating the secrecy of vote, be directly involved in vote count by an election commission, create obstacles to the operation of an election commission, carry out promotion actions or participate in election commission’s decision-making.

“The Central Election Commission has taken the necessary measures to carry out the scheduled election of the Head of the Republic and People’s Council deputies strictly in line with the LPR legislation and universally acknowledged election standards, such as the ones approved by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights,” Tereschenko said.

Earlier, she said that the CEC had sent invitations to Russian and Abkhazian observers to monitor the November 11 elections in the Republic. Under the effective legislation, Head of the Republic and the People’s Council (parliament) also have the right to invite international observers.

Earlier, the LPR Central Election Commission approved the legislation to regulate the Head and parliamentary elections and the accreditation of international observers.

On September 7, LPR lawmakers passed the resolution setting November 11, 2018 as the date for parliamentary and Head elections. On September 6,  acting LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik signed the parliament-approved bills amending the LPR Provisional Basic Law (Constitution) and certain election laws which extended the term of office for the Head of the Republic and parliamentarians from four to five years starting from the next election.

After verification of the documents and support lists, the CEC registered four candidates for the country’s top post, as well as the parliament candidate lists of the social movements Mir Luganschine and Lugansk Economic Union (LES).

LuganskMediaCentre — 06 November — Lugansk