Zakharchenko: "Local elections" in DPR to be held under "militant laws"
The so-called elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ("DPR") will be held under "DPR" laws in several phases because of "budgetary constraints and the need to give priority to the restoration of social infrastructure, industry as well as provide the population with social allowances and pensions," according to a posting on a militant website with reference to a statement by DPR leader Oleksandr Zakharchenko.
According to his "decree," heads of town and district councils will be elected at the first stage of the elections scheduled for October 18.
"In particular, heads will be elected in Amvrosiyivsky, Novoazovsky, Starobeshivsky, Telmanovsky districts, in the towns of Horlivka, Debaltseve, Dokuchaievsk, the city of Donetsk, the towns of Yenakiyeve, Zhdanivka, Kirovske, Makiyivka, Snizhne, Torez, Khartsyzsk, Shakhtarsk, and Yasynuvata," the posting said.
It is noted that the "election of heads at all other levels is planned" at the further stages of the so-called elections.
"The electoral process at the local level is planned to be completed in the first half of 2016," the website quoted Zakharchenko as saying.
As earlier reported, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the militants were ready to hold local elections according to the Ukrainian legislation and with the participation of OSCE observers, but this would require direct consultations between Kyiv, Donetsk and Luhansk.