The ambassadors of the G7 countries at a meeting with representatives of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the OPORA Civic Network and the Central Election Commission of Ukraine stressed the need to hold local elections in 18 communities in Donbas as soon as possible. This was reported by the press service of the G7 ambassadors to Ukraine on Twitter.
"Ambassadors highlighted the need to: support the Central Election Commission; deliver timely further improvements to electoral code to ensure fair, trusted election outcomes; increase gender equality; hold local elections in 18 Donbas communities as soon as possible and properly regulate money in politics," the messages reads.
G7 Ambassadors were pleased to meet @IFESUkraine, @opora & ???????? Central Election Commission. Genuine partnership between state authority, civil society & int’l experts has helped ???????? deliver successful electoral reform, modernise the CEC & strengthen ???????? democracy. 1/2— G7AmbReformUA (@G7AmbReformUA) June 17, 2021
As it was reported earlier, 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 local elections on October 25, 2020 in 10 territorial communities of Donetsk region and 8 communities of Luhansk region.
On January 16, 2021, the CEC declared the impossibility of holding elections at these polling stations. In May 2021, the Court of Appeal ruled the CEC decision on the impossibility of holding local elections in Donbas was illegal.