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Elections over in Lugansk People’s Republic

November 02, 2014, 22:14 UTC+3 LUGANSK
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LUGANSK, November 2. /TASS/. Elections of the head of republic and the parliament are over in the Lugansk People’s Republic /LPR/, with all polling stations closing at 22:00 Moscow time.

Polling stations were to close at 20:00 Moscow time but the voting was extended till that hour because many people willing to take part in the polling could not reach polling stations before 20:00.

The voter turnout it the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) was 61.74%, head of the LPR Central Election Commission Sergei Kozyakov said.

As of 20:00 Moscow time, as many as 628,138 people took part in the polling in the territory of LPR.

He also said that as many as 3,543 people took part at the polling at a temporary accommodation centre in Russia’s southern city of Rostov-on-Don. The turnout there was 67.6% A total of 686 people more took part in the voting at a polling station in a temporary accommodation centre in Russia’s Voronezh /turnout of 69.5%/, and 2,435 people - in Russia’s Belgorod /turnout of 70.01%/.

The post of the head of republic in the Lugansk People’s Republic is contested by the incumbent LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky, head of the Federation of Trade Unions Oleg Akimov, LPR Minister of Health Larisa Airapetyan, and businessman Viktor Penner.

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