"On May 11, 2021, the Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal annulled the Resolution of the Central Election Commission on the impossibility of holding the first elections of deputies of a certain village, settlement, city councils of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and relevant village, settlement and city mayors on October 25, 2020," the statement said.
It is reported that the Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal considered the case on the claim to the CEC to cancel its Resolution № 161 of August 8, 2020. The third parties were Donetsk and Luhansk Regional Military Civil Administrations.
The full text of the court decision is expected in 5 days.
It will be recalled that on August 8, 2020, the Central Election Commission, based on the conclusions of the Donetsk and Luhansk Regional Military Civil Administrations, established the impossibility of holding the first local elections in 10 territorial communities of the Donetsk region and 8 communities of Luhansk region on October 25, 2020. Local elections, in particular, were not held in the actual regional center of Luhansk region, Sievierodonetsk, as well as in other large communities of the two regions (Lysychansk, Volnovakha, Avdiivka, Vugledar, Toretsk, Stanytsia Luhanska, Popasna, Shchastya, etc.). This decision of the CEC resonated among the voters of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, especially in the communities where voting took place in all national and local elections of 2014-2019.
On January 16, 2021, the CEC received the Donetsk and Luhansk Regional Military Civil Administrations' conclusions on the threat to voters' safety in these 18 communities and established the impossibility of holding local elections there on March 28.
The G7 ambassadors also expressed their hopes for the restoration of voters' rights in 18 communities.