REUTERS

"The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution on local elections on July 17. It is clearly defined where local elections are to be held. At the moment, it is impossible to hold elections on the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Sevastopol. In addition, according to the law on special order of the local government, these elections will not be held in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,until they are controlled by the Ukrainian authorities and the elections are held in accordance with the OSCE standards," Kovalchuk said.

He also said that the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has the authority not to hold elections in certain areas of Ukraine.

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"The resolution clearly defines that, if organization and holding of local elections in certain regions is impossible, in order to avoid the terrorist threat and to ensure the security of citizens, the CEC may decide to deny holding local elections in certain areas with the simultaneous submission of the decision to the Verkhovna Rada for final approval," Kovalchuk said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the local elections in Ukraine are scheduled for October 25.