Residents of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk and Luhansk elect their new political leaders and members of parliament this Sunday.
According to Russian media reports, Luhansk county has 102 polling stations, of which four mobile and three set up in Russia for displaced Ukrainian citizens living in refugee camps in Belgorod, Voronezh and Rostov area.
In Donetsk People's Republic there are 350 polling stations and 3.2 million people are eligible to vote.
A group of foreign politicians - including the vice-President of the Hungarian National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee Márton Gyöngyösi traveled to the region to observe the elections.
The Hungarian politician said to Russian news agency Tass that he visited Donetsk and Horlivka polling stations; despite the objective difficulties and the extraordinary circumstances the voting process was very well organized and met international standards. Gyöngyösi said he hasn't met electoral irregularities. In the mean time, he criticized Kiev for preventing displaced Ukrainian citizens from traveling the People's Republic of Donetsk to cast their votes.
Another member of the observer team, French MEP Jean-Luc Schaffhauser said to journalists in Donetsk that the elections were open and no one put pressure on voters. He stressed that Kiev has to recognize the democratic process taking place on local levels.
In the meantime, the Kiev government announced that all observers took part in the election monitoring process in Donetsk and Luhansk declared persona non grata in Ukraine.
(MTI – alfahir.hu - RiaNovosti – hungarianambiance.com