Vote count finished: Denis Pushilin receives some 60% of votes, PM “DR” enters parliament with 72% support

By 1:00 pm on November 12, 100% of ballots from all 408 election commissions were processed, the Central Election Commission of the DPR reported.

The votes for candidates for the post of the DPR Head are distributed as follows:

  • Yevstifeyev Roman Nikolayevich – 7.75%;
  • Medvedev Vladimir Anatolyevich – 6.5%;
  • Pushilin Denis Vladimirovich – 60.85%;
  • Khramenkov Roman Alexandrovich – 14.2%;
  • Shishkina Elena Nikolayevna – 9.3%;
  • Spoiled voting bulletins – 1.4%.

As for the parliamentary elections, the distribution of votes is as follows:

  • Public movement “Donetsk Republic” – 72.5%;
  • Public movement “Free Donbass” – 26.0%;
  • Spoiled voting bulletins – 1.5%.

We shall remind you that the ex-speaker of the DPR parliament, the current Head of State, the leader of the ruling public movement “Donetsk Republic” Denis Pushilin began his political career as an active defender of the interests of Donbass residents with open pro-Russian views in 2014, from the first days of the Russian spring. After the coup d’état in Kiev, he moved on to active actions, often spoke at rallies of residents of the Donetsk region and organized many of them. He was one of those who, taking upon themselves the responsibility, made the historic decision to proclaim the Donetsk People’s Republic on April 7, 2014. On May 15, 2014, he was elected Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the DPR (at that time the highest position in the Republic in accordance with the Constitution of the DPR). According to the results of the elections, which took place on November 2, 2014, Denis Pushilin was elected a deputy of the DPR People’s Council, and on November 14, he became the Vice-President of the DPR People’s Council. On September 11, 2015, he was elected Chairman of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic. After the death of the first Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, by the decision of the People’s Council of September 7, 2018, Denis Pushilin was appointed Acting Head of the DPR. On September 25, 2018, during an extraordinary congress of the activists of the public movement “Donetsk Republic”, he was elected chairman of this largest political force in the DPR.

More information about Denis Pushilin’s biography can be found on his official website.

Hereon the press service of the DPR People’s Council is completing the text online broadcast, during which we did our best to put together the most complete, holistic picture of the 2018 election.

(UPD 09:34) By 08:00, 97.52% of ballots have been processed: as a candidate for the post of the Head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, as before, is confidently in the lead, the Donetsk Republic Public Movement has maintained a gap in the struggle for deputy mandates in the parliament of the new convocation.

“By 08:00 on November 12, 97.52% of the ballots from 385 election commissions have been processed,” the message reads posted on the website of the Central Election Commission of the DPR.

Thus, according to the CEC, votes for candidates for the post of the DPR Head are distributed as follows:

  • Yevstifeyev Roman Nikolayevich – 7.8%;
  • Medvedev Vladimir Anatolyevich – 6.4%;
  • Pushilin Denis Vladimirovich – 60.9%;
  • Khramenkov Roman Alexandrovich – 14.1%;
  • Shishkina Elena Nikolayevna – 9.2%;
  • Spoiled voting bulletins – 1.6%.

The votes in support of public movements that have registered republican lists of candidates for deputies of the DPR People’s Council are distributed as follows:

  • Public movement “Donetsk Republic” – 72.74%;
  • Public movement “Free Donbass” – 25.56%;
  • Spoiled voting bulletins – 1.7%.

(UPD 03:50) Following the results of processing of 76.43% of the ballots, Denis Pushilin is leading as a candidate for the post of the DPR Head; “Donetsk Republic” with a large margin enters the parliament.

“Members of the polling station commissions continue to count ballots for early elections of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic and elections of the DPR People’s Council deputies. Information from polling station commissions continues to flow continuously. By 03:00, 76.43% of ballots from 297 election commissions have been processed,” the text of the CEC message said.

Thus, according to the updated data, votes for candidates for the post of the DPR Head are distributed as follows:

  • Yevstifeyev Roman Nikolayevich – 6.4%;
  • Medvedev Vladimir Anatolyevich – 10.1%;
  • Pushilin Denis Vladimirovich – 61.5%;
  • Khramenkov Roman Alexandrovich – 12.4%;
  • Shishkina Elena Nikolayevna – 9.6%;

The votes in support of public movements that have registered republican lists of candidates for deputies of the DPR People’s Council are distributed as follows:

  • Public movement “Donetsk Republic” – 76.1%;
  • Public movement “Free Donbass” – 23.9%;

The bulletins’ counting continues.

(UPD 00:20) The CEC voiced the first results of votes’ counting.

According to the Central Election Commission of the DPR, as of 00:00, about 27.19% of the ballots have been processed. At the moment, votes for candidates for the post of the DPR Head are distributed as follows:

  • Yevstifeyev Roman Nikolayevich – 8.5%;
  • Medvedev Vladimir Anatolyevich – 7.8%;
  • Pushilin Denis Vladimirovich – 57.3%;
  • Khramenkov Roman Alexandrovich – 17.3%;
  • Shishkina Elena Nikolayevna – 9.1%;

The votes in support of public movements that have registered republican lists of candidates for deputies of the DPR People’s Council are distributed as follows:

  • Public movement “Donetsk Republic” – 74.3%;
  • Public movement “Free Donbass” – 25.7%;

The bulletins’ counting continues.

(UPD 21:50) Acting Head of the DPR, leader of the Donetsk Republic public movement Denis Pushilin addressed the participants of the Together towards the Victory action.

“Today, the historical milestone has been overcome, after which it became obvious to all: we are a state with which the whole world will have to reckon. Ignoring the will of the people is not allowed to anyone. We have proved that we can not only fight, but also build a state according to democratic principles,” Denis Pushilin said.

He also said that the turnout was very high. The Acting Head of the DPR stressed that the people of the Donbass made a choice in favour of integration with Russia and against the criminal policy of Kiev, reports the Donetsk News Agency.

The action “Together towards the Victory” is taking place on the main square of the city – the Lenin Square. Currently, there are over 15 thousand people. Current parliamentarians and candidates for deputies of the People’s Council, representatives of the public movements “Donetsk Republic” and “Free Donbass” are also among the official guests.

After the speech of the Acting DPR Head, the national anthem of the Donetsk People’s Republic sounded on the square. Deputies together with the Head of State solemnly sang the main song of the country.

(UPD 21:40) International observers following their visits to polling stations held a large press conference in Donetsk.

As a correspondent of the official DPR site reports, international observers from the Russian Federation, Germany, Italy and Finland Giulietto Chiesa, Johan Bäckman, Victor Vodolatsky, Kazbek Taisayev, Dmitry Sablin, Alexander Yushchenko, Andreas Maurer, Eliseo Bertolasi answered the journalists’ questions. All international observers appreciated the high level of organization and conduct of the electoral process, they also noted a high voter turnout. According to foreign guests, no significant violations were recorded during the elections.

(UPD 21:09; 21:15; 21:29) By the time of closure of the polling stations, the turnout was 80.1% – the CEC.

Voter turnout in the Donetsk People’s Republic as of 8:00 pm was about 80%, Olga Pozdnyakova, the chairperson of the DPR Central Election Commission, said during a briefing.

“Exactly at 20:00 the voting was completed, all 408 polling stations were closed, and the members of the district polling commissions began counting. By the time of the closure of polling stations, voter turnout was 80.1%, which confirms the great interest of citizens in the elections,” said the head of the CEC.

She added that, according to preliminary data, more than 1 million 600 thousand citizens of the Donetsk People’s Republic applied their right to vote.

According to Olga Pozdnyakova, the electoral process was conducted in a regular mode; no violations that could significantly affect the elections were recorded.

(UPD 20:11) Elections are over. What’s next?

According to Article 66 of the Constitution, the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic will meet for the first meeting no later than on the tenth day from the day of its election in a quorum. The first meeting of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic of the new convocation will be opened by the oldest deputy. From the day when the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic of the new (second) convocation starts its work, the powers of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic of the first convocation cease.

According to Article 57 of the DPR Constitution, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic is considered to have assumed office since taking the oath. The oath is taken in a solemn atmosphere in the presence of deputies of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic, members of the Council of Ministers of the Donetsk People’s Republic and other invited persons. The Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic is elected for a term of five years and cannot hold this position for more than two consecutive terms.

(UPD 20:00; 20:39) Polling stations completed their work in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Having elected a new Head of State and deputies of the People’s Council of the II convocation, the citizens of the country today made their choice, which in the next five years will determine all spheres of the state’s life. At this moment the procedure for counting ballots begins.

“Exactly at 20:00 all 408 polling stations throughout the Republic were closed – the voting procedure was officially completed. From this point on, members of the district polling commissions proceed to the procedure for processing ballots, the results of which will be the results of the voting at the early elections of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic and deputies of the DPR People’s Council for each polling station.

According to the requirements of the legislation, all data will be recorded in the relevant protocols and transferred to the Central Election Commission to sum up the final results of voting at the extraordinary elections of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic and deputies of the People’s Council of the DPR,” the CEC website said.

(UPD 18:38; 18:50; 19:05) At 18:00, voter turnout was more than 75% – Olga Pozdnyakova.

According to the chairman of the Central Election Commission of the DPR, Olga Pozdnyakova, 76.2% of voters as of 18:00 voted in today’s election.

“The voting process of the residents of the Republic at the election of the Head of State and the deputies of the People’s Council is entering the home stretch. As of 18:00, voter turnout at the polling station is 76.2%.

At this time, violations were recorded in the form of citizens’ continuing attempts to vote on documents that are not provided as documents proving the identity of the voter, in particular, on a driver’s license, international passport and others. Due to the fact that members of the commissions know the legislation, ballots were not given to such voters, and the legislation was not violated. There was also one case of an attempt to attack PEC members in the field of voting, but this attempt was stopped by the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the DPR,” the head of the Central Election Commission reported.

According to the CEC, by this time the Amvrosiyevsky district (79.58%) and the city of Makeyevka (78.91%) are leading in terms of voter turnout. In Donetsk, 74.4% voted, in Gorlovka – 75.86%.

(UPD 17:08) Less than three hours left until the polling stations are closed.

If you haven’t voted yet, it is not too late to do it. Find out the address of your polling station using the online search on the official website of the Central Election Commission or in the print edition of the CEC Bulletin. Come to your polling station and show one of the documents proving your identity to a member of the commission:

  • a passport of a citizen of the DPR;
  • a passport of a citizen of Ukraine with a registration mark on the territory of the DPR;
  • an ID card of a DPR officer;
  • a military ID of a soldier, a reserve officer of the DPR;
  • an address reference of the Migration Service of the DPR MIA.

Voting at polling stations will continue until 20:00.

(UPD 16:39; 16:45) Over 70% of electorate voted at the elections of the Head of the DPR and the deputies of the People’s Council – Olga Pozdnyakova.

“Voting at the elections of the DPR Head and the deputies of the People’s Council in the Donetsk People’s Republic continues. As of 16:00, voter turnout was 71.4 percent,” Olga Pozdnyakova, chairman of the CEC, said.

We shall add that, according to the CEC, the residents of the Amvrosiyevsky district have been the most active voters by this hour (78.54%). Donetsk showed a turnout of 72.99%, Makeyevka – 70.19%, Gorlovka – 71.07%.

(UPD 15:55) Vice-Speaker Olga Makeyeva voted at a polling station in the Kuibyshevsky district of the capital city.

Residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic, with their active participation in today’s elections, have shown support for the policy of qualitative changes in the economy, in the social sphere and state-building, Olga Makeyeva, Deputy Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, told the parliament’s press service.

The Vice Speaker participated in the voting at the polling station number 142, located in the Palace of Culture named after T.G. Shevchenko in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk.

“For all of us, residents of the Republic, this is a crucial moment – we are taking part in shaping the future of our state. And, first of all, it is the support of the course for qualitative changes in the economy, in the social sphere, and in state-building. People are voting for peace, for prosperity, for a better future for their children,” Olga Makeyeva said.

(UPD 15:30) As of this time, deputies of the People’s Council of the current convocation did not record violations during the process of popular voting in the Republic.

Correspondents of the parliamentary press service talked with representatives of both deputy factions represented in the People’s Council.

Particularly, Miroslav Rudenko voted at one of the polling stations in the Kievsky district of the capital. The deputy said that the voting took place in the usual mode.

“The station No 100, at school No. 58, has all the conditions for citizens’ free will expression. Due to the intensification of the Ukrainian military on Friday and Saturday, the last days were quite ‘loud’. The Kievsky district is located very close to the demarcation line, but people continue to go to the site, accomplishing their inconspicuous, at first glance, civil feat. I want to thank all members of the election commission and those who provide the conditions for voting for excellent work! From this day, the Donetsk People’s Republic begins a new page in its history,” the deputy stressed.

Sergey Sverchkov voted at the polling station number 221 in the city of Yenakiyevo.

“People go to vote with whole families. Everyone’s in an excellent mood, residents of Yenakiyevo believe that after the elections, life in the Republic will improve. I thank the members of the CEC for organizing the electoral process. Elections are held in a relaxed atmosphere. I did not notice any violations,” the parliamentarian said.

Deputy Marina Zheynova voted at the polling station number 152, located at school number 62 in the Kuibyshevsky district of the city of Donetsk. The parliamentarian noted the high activity of local residents in the elections.

“Today, every citizen of the Republic makes their choice, realizes their civic duty, expresses their civic position. The turnout is already high in the first half of the day. I am sure that we, again, as in 2014, will be able to defend the choice for we they said a firm “no” to the pro-Nazi policy of Ukraine. Today, personally, I choose for our country a peaceful future and unity with the Russian world,” the deputy stated.

Natalia Pshenichnaya voted at polling station number 139, which is located in the Kirovsky district of Donetsk.

“First of all, our citizens are voting in order to show the whole world that we are a politically conscious state. We also want to show that we made our choice back in 2014 and continue to follow the same way,” the deputy stressed.

Deputy Vladislav Berdichevsky also shared his observations made during the procedure of will expressing. The parliamentarian voted at the polling station number 159, located in the Palace of Culture named after V. Kuibyshev.

“There are a lot of people at the site. Voting is taking place without incidents. I am grateful to our citizens for their activity and civic stand. In the 2018 elections, we vote for the Republic and for the Russian world, regardless of personalities and party membership. Now the people of the DPR should be consolidated around a common idea, for which we came to the referendum in May 2014. Elections are our desire for freedom and independence, support for the leadership of the DPR on the path of integration with our big homeland – Russia!” the deputy said.

(UPD 14:37) Voter turnout exceeded 65% – updated CEC data as of 14:00.

As of 2:00 pm, about 66% of voters of the Donetsk People’s Republic voted, said Olga Pozdnyakova, chairman of the DPR Central Election Commission.

“The process of voting of electorate at the elections of the Head of State and the deputies of the People’s Council continues. As of 14:00, voter turnout at polling stations is 65.9%.

At this moment, there were recorded attempts by citizens to vote on a foreign passport, which is not included in the list of documents proving the identity of the voter. I will note that these violations were identified at 3 stations out of 408 and cannot significantly affect the process of the citizens’ will expression.

In general, the work of the district polling commissions is carried out in a regular mode, there are no provocations at the polling stations,” the chairman of the Central Election Commission of the DPR said.

(UPD 13:41) In accordance with Article 63 of the Constitution of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the People’s Council is elected for a term of five years in an amount of 100 deputies.

Elections to the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic are held according to a proportional system (according to republican lists). As participants in the election process in the current elections, republican lists of candidates for deputies of the People’s Council of the DPR from two public movements — Donetsk Republic and Free Donbass — are registered.

“Donetsk Republic”

The decision to register the republican list of candidates for deputies of the People’s Council from the public movement “Donetsk Republic” as a participant in the electoral process was taken during a meeting of the Central Election Commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic, which took place on October 8. After checking the documents that had previously been submitted to the CEC by authorized representatives of the movement, data from them were confirmed by the ministries and departments of the Republic. As for the signature sheets, the number of reliable signatures was sufficient for registering a republican list of candidates for deputies of the People’s Council of the DPR from the public movement “Donetsk Republic”.

The “Donetsk Republic” faction is currently represented by a parliamentary majority in the highest legislative body of the Republic of the first convocation and has 68 deputies. The number of seats in the People’s Council was determined by the results of the general elections of November 2, 2014.

“Free Donbass”

The decision on registration of the republican list of candidates for deputies of the People’s Council from the public movement “Free Donbass” as a participant in the electoral process was adopted on October 10, during a meeting of the Central Election Commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

After checking the documents that had previously been submitted to the CEC by authorized representatives of the movement, data from them were confirmed by the ministries and departments of the Republic. As for the signature sheets, the number of reliable signatures was sufficient for registration of the republican list of candidates for deputies of the People’s Council of the DPR from the public movement “Free Donbass”.

The permanent deputy association – the Free Donbass faction in the People’s Council of the first convocation is represented by 32 deputies. The number of seats in the People’s Council was determined by the results of the general elections of November 2, 2014.

The balance of power in the new parliament will change, and it will be known after the announcement of the results of today’s popular will.

(UPD 12:30) Vladimir Bidyovka, the head of the Donetsk Republic faction, voted at a polling station in the Voroshilovsky district of the capital.

“I took part in the voting because I believe in the choice of the people of the Donbass, I believe in the Republic and the future that we will build for ourselves,” the deputy told the press service of the People’s Council.

(UPD 12:16; 12:28) As of 12:00, voter turnout reached 40% – CEC

As of 12:00, voter turnout at the polling stations is 40.3%, said Olga Pozdnyakova, the CEC chairman.

“Regarding complaints, at the specified hour there were no such reports to both the district polling commissions and the Central Election Commission.

At one of the sites the fact of violation of the integrity of the information stand was revealed – a voter took samples of the ballots with the filling rules. This violation was stopped by PEC members, and the samples were returned to the stand.

The voting process as a whole is taking place in a usual mode at all polling stations in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” said the chairman of the Central Election Commission of the DPR.

According to the CEC, the city of Gorlovka is leading in the turnout (45.71%), the turnout in Donetsk is 41.97%, in Makeyevka – 36.52%.

(UPD 11:37) By this time, all candidates for the post of the DPR Head have voted in the 2018 elections.

Candidates for the post of the DPR Head – Denis Pushilin, Roman Yevstifeyev, Vladimir Medvedev, Roman Khramenkov and Elena Shishkina – voted in the elections. This was reported to the Donetsk news agency by the press service of the Central Election Commission.

“At the moment, all five candidates for the post of the Head of the DPR have voted at their polling stations in Donetsk and Yenakiyevo,” the agency’s interlocutor noted.

It is specified that Roman Yevstifeyev voted at the site at school No. 104 of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, Vladimir Medvedev – at school No. 61 of the Kievsky district, Elena Shishkina – at the Palace of Culture “Zaperevalny” in the Budyonnovsky district of the capital, Roman Khramenkov – at the Yenakiyevka library-branch No. 2 named after Lesya Ukrainka.

(UPD 11:32) A violation fixed at one of the polling stations – Olga Pozdnyakova.

“In one of the buildings of the district polling commission, in the back room, a pile of campaign posters was found. These posters were removed and sealed, and a report on this fact was drawn up by the members of the district polling commission,” the CEC chairman said. She stressed that the possibility of illegal distribution of campaign materials on the Election Day was stopped in time.

According to her, in general, the work of the district polling commissions is carried out in a regular mode.

(UPD 11:16) We are to recall that for holding extraordinary elections of the DPR Head and the regular elections of deputies of the DPR People’s Council, 408 polling stations were formed in the Donetsk People’s Republic. All 100% of polling stations began work.

The personal composition of district polling commissions was approved by a Resolution of the DPR CEC on October 24 in accordance with the current legislation on the election of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the deputies of the People’s Council. In total, the work of the district polling commissions involved more than six thousand people. Each PEC includes from 5 to 18 people, depending on the coverage of the territory of residence of voters. Proposals on the composition of district polling commissions were submitted to the CEC by registered candidates for the position of the DPR Head, public movements that registered republican lists, as well as meetings of labour collectives and citizens at the place of residence.

(UPD 10:46; 10:53) “As of 10:00, voter turnout was 18.6 percent,” the chairman of the CEC, Olga Pozdnyakova, said during a briefing

You can get acquainted with the details of the cities and districts of the Donetsk People’s Republic on the official website of the CEC. Thus, according to the CEC, in Donetsk, the turnout was 18.37%, in Makeyevka – 16.07%, in Gorlovka – 16.9%, the agricultural regions of the Republic – the Starobeshevsky and Telmanovsky districts (25.37% and 23.99%, respectively) lead traditionally in the turnout at elections.

(UPD 10:38) Head of the Free Donbass parliamentary faction Alexander Malkov voted at a polling station in the Proletarsky district of the capital.

“Despite the cloudy weather, at my polling station, people have been coming to vote from early morning. Everyone’s in a festive mood, there is openness, people are dressed up. Everyone is aware that their future is in their hands,” the parliamentarian told the press service of the People’s Council.

Alexander Malkov is an elder deputy. As the oldest deputy, he opened the first meeting of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic of the first convocation. This provision is spelled out in the Constitution of the DPR (paragraph 3 of Article 66).

(UPD 9:57) Citizens, who, for valid reasons, were not able to visit their polling station on the day of universal suffrage of November 11, could vote from November 6 to 10. In particular, military personnel who are in continuous service and cannot leave military units on the Election Day were given the opportunity to take advantage of the early voting procedure. Also, those voters who were on business trips on election day, stayed in medical institutions for health reasons, as well as those who are not allowed to come to the polling station on election day due to studying or working conditions, or due to their state or civil duties, could also vote ahead of time.

In accordance with the decision of the CEC, no polling stations were formed in military units, and military personnel voted at regular polling stations.

(UPD 9:54) Until 18:00, Sunday, November 11, voters who due to certain circumstances of health condition cannot independently come to the polling stations are provided with the opportunity for mobile voting. This was stated during a press conference in Donetsk by chairman of the DPR CEC Olga Pozdnyakova, the official website of the DPR reports.

“We have facilitated this procedure, that is, for citizens who due to certain circumstances, state of health or for other valid reasons cannot appear at the polling station, are provided for exit voting at home. To do this, they need to either make a phone call to the polling station commission, or ask a neighbour to go to the polling station commission and give the surname, first name, patronymic name, telephone number and address of the person asking for the on-site voting. Up to 18:00 today, these applications are accepted by the district polling commission, and members of the district polling commission go to these addresses in order to carry out the voting procedure,” the chairperson of the DPR CEC told about the mechanism of exit voting.

(UPD 9:10; 9:19) Denis Pushilin voted at one of the polling stations in Donetsk

Acting Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin today took part in the voting in the elections of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the deputies of the People’s Council, the correspondent of the Donetsk News Agency reports from the scene.

Denis Pushilin and his wife Irina arrived at the polling station, which is located in the school building number 64 in the front-line Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk.

After welcoming the members of the district polling commission No. 156 and the voters present, they presented their passports, received ballots, and went to the polling booths, after which they put their election lists in a ballot box.

According to the Acting Head of the DPR, this election will be an examination of the civil position of the population.

“This is another examination of civil political position. It is absolutely crucial for us which course we support or do not support. We hope for a high turnout and social responsibility of our citizens. We vote for our future,” the Donetsk News Agency quotes Denis Pushilin.

(UPD 9:04) “When elections are held, the principle of equality and secret voting is observed, that is, every voter is provided with unhindered access to polling stations, and the exit voting is envisaged for those who cannot visit polling stations due to certain health conditions. Republican servicemen, as well as citizens who for valid reasons could not have arrived at the polling station on November 11, took part in the early voting. A sufficient number of voting booths has been installed at each polling station,” says the statement of Olga Pozdnyakova, chairman of the Central Election Commission of the DPR, published on the CEC website.

We may add that on the official website of the DPR Central Election Commission there was published an interactive map with a list of addresses of all polling stations in cities and districts of the Donetsk People’s Republic. In addition, there is a function that allows voters to find out about the location of their polling station, depending on their place of residence.

(UPD 8:53) “Representatives of 14 countries of the world will observe the voting,” said Olga Pozdnyakova. According to her, it “speaks of the openness of elections in the Donetsk People’s Republic”.

As international observers, representatives of the following states will witness the national will expression: the Russian Federation, the Austrian Republic, the Hellenic Republic, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of Norway, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Finland, the French Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Chile, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of South Ossetia.

(UPD 8:37; 8:39) All 408 polling stations in the Republic opened on the election day, Olga Pozdnyakova, the chairman of the Central Election Commission, told reporters at a press conference.

“On November 11, 2018, exactly at 8:00, the voting of citizens in the elections of the Head of State and the elections of deputies of the People’s Council of the Republic began on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic. All 100% of polling stations began work. Let me remind you that there are 408 in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” Olga Pozdnyakova said.

She added that at the moment there were no provocations or violations. Brigades of medical, emergency situations and law enforcement officers are on duty at each site.

According to the CEC Decree on the formation of polling stations in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, 408 polling stations were established throughout the state. The geography of their placement is as follows: Donetsk – 153 stations; Gorlovka – 45 stations; Debaltsevo – 4 stations; Dokuchayevsk – 5 stations; Yenakiyevo – 24 stations; Zhdanovka – 3 stations; Kirovskoye – 4 stations; Makeyevka – 65 stations; Snezhnoye – 11 stations; Torez – 16 sites; Khartsyzsk – 17 stations; Shakhtyorsk – 16 stations; Yasinovataya – 8 stations; the Amvrosiyevsky district – 9 stations; the Novoazovsky district – 10 stations; the Starobeshevsky district – 12 stations; the Telmanovsky district – 6 stations.

(UPD 8:30) The task of ensuring the rule of law, openness and democracy in the process of preparing and holding elections is assigned to the Central Election Commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic. As previously reported by CEC Chairman Olga Pozdnyakova, CEC employees took into account all modern standards of democratic expression of will, so that every voter could vote for the candidate they consider most worthy. To this end, a number of decrees regulating the electoral process at each of its stages have also been adopted.

The site of the Central Election Commission of the DPR: https://cikdnr.su; short number for Phoenix subscribers: 110.

8:00 – Start of the popular vote.

Voting will be held from 8:00 to 20:00. If necessary, the Central Election Commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic reserves the right to extend the voting time.

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