Russia To Conduct Presidential Elections In Occupied Ukraine Regions

Russia To Conduct Presidential Elections In Occupied Ukraine Regions
  • PublishedDecember 11, 2023

Russia’s Central Election Commission has approved the forthcoming presidential election to be conducted in partially occupied Ukrainian regions.

According to a report by Interfax, a Russian news agency, reports that Russia’s Armed Forces and the Federal Security Service have expressed their belief that it is feasible for the voting process to proceed in regions where conflict persists.

This statement comes as Russia’s war against Ukraine approaches its two-year mark.

According to Russian law, the CEC may hold elections in areas that are subject to martial law, but only after first conferring with the Defence Ministry and FSB, Moscow Times reports.

The Kremlin has announced the annexation of several regions in Ukraine. The areas affected include Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson.

“Not only is the electoral system of the four [occupied regions]… in working order, but it’s highly professional,” said deputy CEC chairman Nikolai Bulayev.

President Vladimir Putin intends to seek a fifth term in office.

He is expected to win given the current political landscape in Russia.

The next year’s presidential election is scheduled for March 15–17.

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