9 November 2018, 17:33
Q&A: NOVEMBER 11 ELECTIONS of HEAD and MPs
The LPR is to hold Head and Parliamentary elections on November 11.
The elections are organized in accordance with the LPR Constitution and following the People's Council decree dated September 7, 2018.
Previously, the amendments to Constitution and some laws have been endorsed to extend the head and MP term of office from four to five years, in effect from the next term.
The LPR head and the deputies of the People's Council shall be elected by direct and secret ballot.
The main voting effort is scheduled for November 11, polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Early elections are taking place on November 9 and 10 for those who will be unable to take part in the main election.
Those who will not be able to cast ballots at their local polling stations can request an absentee ballot to vote at a different polling station or at a residential address.
The Central Election Commission has established 14 territorial election commissions and 316 polling stations operated by local election commissions across the Republic.
Security at polling stations and across the Republic is provided by law enforcement – police, Ministry of state security and People's Militia.
International observers have been invited to monitor the elections' transparency and compliance with democratic standards.
The Central Election Commission has registered over 40 observers from 22 countries.
Election campaigning began on September 7 and is to wrap up by November 10, which is a silence day, 24 hours prior to election.
Four candidates are contesting the Head position.
Opinion polls revealed acting head Leonid Pasechnik as the front-runner, supported by 63 percent of responders. He is loosely followed by Oleg Koval (11 percent), Natalia Sergun (4 percent) and Ludmila Rusnak (2 percent).
Leonid Pasechnik was born on March 15, 1970 in Lugansk. Graduated from the Donetsk Military Political College of Engineers and Signal Corps and served in the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Lugansk Oblast as a chief of anti-smuggling department. In 2014 he opposed the coup-d'etat in Kiev and became the LPR's minister of State Security. After the LPR's Head Igor Plotnitskiy resigned for health reasons in November 2017, Pasechik was appointed acting head.
Oleg Koval was born on September 29, 1974 in Stakhanov. Member of the Lugansk Economic Union social movement, chairman of the Republican Trade Union of Education and Science Workers.
Ludmila Rusnak was born on October 20, 1950 in Debaltsevo, Donetsk Oblast. The chairwoman of the Perevalsk office of the Lugansk Economic Union social movement. Researcher of the Perevalsk Region History Museum.
Natalia Sergun was born on September 20, 1973 in Millerovo, Rostov Oblast, Russia. The chairwoman of the Republican Trade Union of Railroad Workers. Safety Engineer at the Lugansk Railway Station.
Two social movements are vying for places in the People's Council: the Mir Luganschine (Peace to Lugansk Region) which has over 100,000 members and the Lugansk Economic Union with 25,000 members.
Currently Mir Luganschine occupies 70 percent of the parliament seats.
Leonid Pasechnik has announced that his key objectives are listed in the Development Program-2023 presented to public in May 2018. The top priorities are national security, political, cultural and economic cooperation with Russia, fighting corruption.
Koval said he is to focus on social and economic development, education and science.
Rusnak paid attention to reconstructing industrial power of the region, agriculture and investment.
Sergun said she wanted upgrade of living standards, healthcare, environmental protection.
The two rival social movements have shown consent in the efforts to build a strong, democratic and independent state. Economic development, modernization, revitalization of industries are in focus.
COMPLIANCE WITH MINSK-2
The Minsk Agreements include provisions for holding local (municipal) elections in Donbass. The authorities elections are not covered by the internationally accepted document, thus do not contradict any commitment the Republics have under the Minsk Agreements.
The international observers working in Donbass have confirmed that November 11 elections are legitimate.
The UN Security Council convened a meeting on October 30 in New York to discuss the legitimacy of the Donbass upcoming elections. Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said that the elections are needed to avoid the power vacuum in the region.
LuganskMediaCentre — 09 November — Lugansk