Minister Prystaiko on Donbas Elections
Prystaiko: Ukrainian law does not stipulate any LPR or DPR republics in course of the election process
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Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko gave a detailed explanation of the vision of the benefits and possible disadvantages of the Steinmeier formula, Yevropeiska Pravda [European Truth] reported.
“As you can see, there are no ideas about the border, about the presence or absence of armed formations. That statement neither testifies to the fact that Prystaiko agreed to hold elections at the point of the Kalashnikov rifles,” Prystaiko said.
He also stressed the set of conditions for fair elections and whether any elections could be fair if the territory was controlled by the Russian military or Russian-led militants.
“The elections will be conducted on the basis of the Ukrainian law on elections … Ukrainian law does not provide for any LPR and DPR, no foreign armed groups. This is a full and complete reply,” Prystaiko said.
At the same time, the diplomat admits the risks associated with the certain possibility that an election could be recognized as fair, even in the case of clear irregularities. That decision will still belong to the OSCE ODIHR, the diplomat said, cutting off all side interpretations.
Prystaiko is convinced that the only way to hold a free and fair election in Donbas is if it is conducted by Ukraine and under Ukrainian laws in order for the Ukrainian Central Election Commission to be able to operate there, State Treasury Service to go for disbursement, Special Communications Service to set up servers and transmit protocols electronically and so that monitors willing to participate could observe the election.