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DONETSK, November 2. /TASS/. Incumbent Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko has won elections of the DPR’s head of republic, with 81.37% of the vote, according to exit poll results announced by head of the DPR Central Election Commission Roman Lyagin
“According to exit poll results, his (Zakharchenko’s) rivals, Yuri Sivokonenko and Alexander Kofman, are winning nine and 9.73%, respectively,” Lyagin said.
The movement Donetsk Republic is winning the Sunday elections to the People’s Assembly (legislature) of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), with 65.11% of the vote.
The Free Donbass movement is scoring 34.8% of the vote.
No serious violations of public order or incidents were reported during the Sunday elections of the head of republic and the legislative body of the self-proclaimed DPR, the press service of the DPR interior ministry told TASS.
“We have no reports about incidents at polling stations,” the spokesman said.
The republic’s defence ministry told TASS that a number of minor incidents had been registered that had not impacted the voting.
“There was a bomb call at one of the polling stations in Donetsk. Jointly with the police, we evacuated members of the election commission and voters and examinded the building. No bomb was found,” said Eduard Basurin, the DPR defence ministry spokesman.
Candidates for head of the Donetsk People’s Republic were incumbent Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, First deputy speaker of the Novorossia parliament Alexander Kofman, and lawmakers of the DPR Supreme Council /legislature/ Yuri Sivokonenko.
Seats in the DPR parliament were contested by the movements Donetsk Republic, with Alexander Zakharchenko topping its party ticket, and Free Donbass led by public activist Yevgeny Orlov.