LIGANSK, November 2. /TASS/. The Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic has decided to extend the voting at the elections of the LPR head and to the republic’s parliament for one more hour, till 23:00 Moscow time, at a number of polling stations where people are still queuing to have an opportunity to cast their votes.
The majority of polling stations however were closed at 22:00 Moscow time, one hour after the originally planned closing time.
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.