"Together with US Ambassador Pyatt we have made a joined call to the Head of Central Election Commission (CEC) Mr. Okhendovskiy in order to get first hand information about the on-going preparation for local election," stated Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ambassador Jan Tombinski.
"It is of highest importance that CEC activities provide for proper conditions for every internally displaced person to properly exercise his/her voting right and all difficulties encountered by political parties in the registration process are addressed in a fair and transparent manner and without a delay," he claimed. The issue of organisation of elections in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions has been also rised.
The press office of CEC also announces that European Parliament will send its observers to monitor the local elections in Ukraine on October 25.
81.8% of voters in Donetsk region (2 mln people) could not to vote in the Ukrainian presidential elections in May 2014 because of the Russian-backed militants threatening the elections, as states the Institute for Social and Economic Studies. In the parliamentary elections, in autumn 2014, former residents of Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts, and the Crimea IDPs could only vote by the nationwide multi-mandate constituency, in accordance with the party lists. All the IDPs (about 500thousand people) had no right to elect majoritarian MP from the district in which they settled down. Thus, IDPs were actually restricted in their right to express their will as voters. And once again, the issue of IDPs voting rights is in question, as the local elections are coming soon.
Some necessary amendments to the Bill of Ukraine “On Local Elections” were adopted, giving IDPs the right to vote not only in local elections in October 2015, but also in the next Parliamentary and Presidential elections.