DONETSK, November 2 (RIA Novosti) — The ongoing elections in the self-proclaime Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have been organized on a quite high level, with voters actively participating, South Ossetia Parliament Speaker Anatoly Bibilov told RIA Novosti during a visit to a polling station Sunday.
“[The elections are] organized on a quite high level, people are eagerly going to the polling stations, I don’t notice any violations,” Bibilov said.
On Sunday, the self-proclaimed DPR and the adjacent Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) are voting for regional leaders and legislative bodies after both regions said they would ignore a separate Election Day set by the government in Kiev for December 7.
According to Bibilov, any ongoing military operations will not stop the people from voting. “Of course there are ongoing military operations, but the people in the center of the city are not scared, the positive atmosphere reigns,” he said.
Bibilov further explained that the Ossetian observer delegation, monitoring the DPR and LPR elections, includes five representatives from the republic’s Central Election Commission, Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Troops in the city were put on stand-by fearing an offensive by pro-Kiev armed forces after several polling stations in the cities of Zhdanivka and Kirov, in the Donetsk region, were still closed in the morning due to the continuing military crackdown.
Voting will stop at 8 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT).