It is very
important to ensure the electoral process in Donetsk and Luhansk
regions that are controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasised at a board meeting of the Interior Ministry of
Ukraine on the preparation of the internal affairs
bodies for ensuring order during the local elections.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk has noted the need to adopt a separate law for holding
elections in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are
temporarily uncontrolled by the Ukrainian government.
The Head of
Government stressed the conditions under which the elections in Donetsk and Luhansk may be held: "First is the withdrawal of
Russian troops. No
one will hold elections at the point of Russian automatic rifles and under supervision
of Russian terrorists."
condition, he underlined, - is political competition: "This is a local
election to Donetsk and Luhansk local councils, which
are part of Ukraine. This
means that the electoral process must take place exclusively under Ukrainian
legislation, which provides political competition, access of all political
forces to the electoral process, the possibility of registration of all candidates,
their free nomination and free political canvassing, as well as mass media access
to coverage of the election process."
"The key requirements
encompass the withdrawal of Russian troops, political competition, access of
the Ukrainian authorities in order to guarantee peace and security in these areas,
Ukrainian media access to these territories, access of the authorities
responsible for conducting the election – the CEC and the Ministry of Justice
of Ukraine and
full compliance with OSCE/ODIHR criteria for the holding of fair and
transparent elections," Arseniy Yatsenyuk highlighted.
He pointed out the
need to provide the one and a half million of IDPs with the right to take part
in these local elections: "Due to the Russian aggression they fled their
they have full legal constitutional right to choose a deputy in the city where
they live, namely in Donetsk and Luhansk, a mayor of
the city– to choose the Ukrainian local authorities, not representatives of the