23 September 2016, 16:44


Primaries steering committee: Reps of a dozen countries visited LPR as observers

Representatives of almost a dozen countries have visited LPR to observe preparations for the preliminary public voting for the candidates to local authorities, the chairman of the primaries steering committee Oleg Akimov informed.

"As of today, representatives of about 10 countries have visited the Republic, they were from France, Germany, Finland, Italy, Chile, India, Georgia and some other states," he said.

Akimov highlighted that foreign observes can meet primaries candidates, get answers on voting procedures.

"The primaries process is in line with the world and European best democratic traditions, and we, as representatives of the steering committee, do everything so that our colleagues evaluate our basic democratic norms," he said.

"We expect more guests next week - from Poland, Serbia, France and other countries. We also look forward to welcoming our soul brothers from South Ossetia, Abkhazia, observers from Russia," he added.

LPR Head Igor Plotnitskiy on July, 4th announced the preliminary public voting (primaries) for the candidates to local authorities. Earlier he declared that the Republic would hold local elections if Kiev, even pressured by the West, refused to fulfill the political part of the Minsk agreements, which stipulates holding local elections in Donbass.

The representatives of LPR major civil movements, Mir Luganshchine (Peace to Lugansk) and Lugansk Economic Union, have declared full support to the voting.

The public assemblies were held in 14 LPR towns, each to elect 7 delegates to the General meeting. The General meeting on July, 24th appointed 15 members to the Interim Vote Commission (IVC) that defines voting districts, members of local territorial and district commissions, work out candidate nomination procedure, etc. LPR's justice minister Sergey Kozjakov was elected to head the IVC. The vote steering committee on July, 26th decided to hold the primaries in Lugansk, town of Aleksandrovsk and Yubileyniy settlement on October, 2nd. IVC has registered 234 candidates for primaries.

Foreign journalists and international observers are welcomed in LPR to report the vote, their safety is guaranteed by Head of LPR Igor Plotnitskiy.

LuganskMediaCentre — 23 September — Lugansk