The German Center for Eurasian Studies conducted two electoral and crisis observation missions in both people´s republics in Donbasss in July and September this year. The director of the German Center, Manuel Ochsenreiter, witnessed the preparations, organization and presentation of the candidates of the Donbass primaries.
The primaries, that are preliminary in nature, are aimed just at exploring public opinion and held before anticipated local elections in Donbass, are not violating any of paragraphs of Minsk Agreements. The vote is being organized fully in line with OSCE standards. Official representatives of the candidates alongside international observers from OSCE/ODIHR and other foreign and international organizations are free to monitor the DPR primaries. The first round of the primaries is scheduled to take place in Donetsk on October 2nd.
Ochsenreiter about the primaries in Donbass:
“The high professionalism from both the organizers and candidates was an impressive experience of our observation mission. The primaries are prepared, organized and conducted fully in line with international standards.”
The director of the German Center for Eurasian Studies added, that “all doors were open” for the international observers and that all the procedures were “open and transparent”.
During preparations and campaigns, the conditions for free expression of the will of voters and full realization of democracy are guaranteed. The election campaigns are carried out in the atmosphere of freedom and fairness, all candidates are free to present their views and assessments, and voters are free to review the election program of each candidate and discuss it with candidates. All participants of the election process have the right to participate in the pre-election campaigning freely and impartially herewith respecting the rights of other participants of the election process. The election committees monitor the observance of the rights and freedoms that are guaranteed for participants of the election process.
“Donetsk People´s Republic and Lugansk People´s Republic are crisis regions suffering under a permanent threat and military attacks by the Kiev government which doesn´t respect the terms of the Minsk agreements. In the time of a serious crisis and the struggle for survival the leaderships of the Donbass republics took the decision to conduct primaries. This is an impressive step towards sovereign statehood.”