Donetsk, Sep 24 – DAN. DPR Interim Voting Commission (IVC) plans to print about six hundred thousand ballots for the primaries, according to IVC press officer Oleg Balykin.

"Ballots are being prepared, we’re planning to print about five or six hundred thousand of them, thus all those eligible will be able to cast votes," he said.

He explained that the quantity of ballots needed was determined based on the data provided by central voting commissions on the number of voting constituencies and polling stations.

Earlier Balykin said that ballots samples will be presented the next week.

The first round of the primaries is to be held in Donetsk on October 2.

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 Voting Commission is also authorized to invite representatives of Ukrainian, Russian and EU political parties.