Donetsk, Sep 19 - DAN. Candidates registered to DPR primaries have officially launched their promotion campaigns, the Interim Voting Commission (IVC) press officer Oleg Balykin said.
"Campaigning has started today. We ask all self-nominees to provide us samples of their campaign leaflets," he added.
Campaigning is allowed via TV channels, print mass media, public events, leaflets, audio and visual means and other methods that are not banned by the ICV.
Violations of these rules can result in cancelling candidate's registration.
"We shall control the process, we plan to attend and monitor, observe events, briefings, interviews during campaigning period," Balykin said.
Primaries candidate registration was closed on 18 September, the overall number of candidates registered to primaries is 1095, 97 applicants were reasonably denied registration. Campaigning will last till 1 October, 24 hours prior to the vote day.
The first round of the primaries-2016 is scheduled to take place in Donetsk on October, 2th.
DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko announced the primaries on July, 4th. He pointed out Ukraine authorities' unwillingness to follow the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements when it comes to elections in Donbass region for fictitious reasons.
Zakharchenko said that the Republic has decided to hold the primaries to reach its own "goal of establishing a state system, on the one hand, and to show, on the other hand, that Ukraine's complaints are insignificant by nature." The Interim Vote Commission staffed by volunteers was established.
The primaries, that are preliminary in nature, are aimed just at exploring public opinion and held before anticipated local elections in Donbass, are in compliance with Minsk Agreements. The vote is being organized 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 Interim Vote Commission is also authorized to invite representatives of Ukrainian, Russian and EU political parties.