The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has hopes that the upcoming Local elections in Ukraine will be held throughout the country, as well as among them in the Donbass, according to Ukrainian legislation.
Local elections are scheduled in Ukraine on October 25. Parliament first passed a law that defines the rules for local elections. Now the oblast, city And district councils will be elected by proportional representation with the so-called open lists, and the election of people's deputies of village And settlement councils - the majority system of relative majority. In the election will not be eligible blocks of political parties, the electoral threshold for parties increased from 3% to 5%.
"I have a dream that the Local elections will be held in the Donbass And Ukraine in Accordance with Ukrainian legislation. And This is one of the points of the Minsk agreements is to allow us to hold Local elections on the occupied territories, but under the monitoring supervision of international observers in Accordance with Ukrainian legislation. This is not an election that will choose a President or authorized DND. The only legitimate elections will be those that will be conducted in Accordance with the Ukrainian legislation, " said Pyatt in conversation hromadske TV Donbass ".
He clarified that he did not know whether it will turn out to Kiev to hold elections on the entire territory of Donbas. The Ambassador said that the militia has not yet allowed the OSCE mission to carry out preparatory to the election.
The Ukrainian authorities began in April last year in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of residents of the region. According to the summary data of the UN, the victims of the conflict were about 6, 5 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, as well as among them, during meetings in Minsk contact group, which since September of last year already took 3 of the document governing the steps to de-escalate the conflict.