The so-called head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Olexander Zakharchenko signed a decree to postpone the election in DPR. The elections were scheduled on October 18, and now they are planned to be conducted in 2016, as reported by the local media.
"We have made another step towards dialogue with Ukraine. At the suggestion of the Minsk process guarantors - France, Germany and Russia - we agreed to postpone local elections in “DPR” from October 18 until 2016. And the decree has been signed today," as stated in a message of Russian-backed militants.
October 6, they noted that the proposal of postponing the Donbas election until February 21, 2016 would be available on condition that the Kyiv fulfill the political demands of the Minsk deal. Namely, it is about granting Donbas with a special status, preventing the prosecution and punishment of persons in connection with the events that have taken place in some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. And, of course, revoting for the Constitutional amendments, which would be previously agreed by the militants.
Regularly scheduled local elections in Ukraine will take place October 25, 2015; conducted a little over a year since the 2014 snap local elections, which were only held throughout parts of the country. 700 OSCE observers willcome to monitor Ukrainain elections.