MOSCOW, September 25. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) central election commission will start accepting notifications from independent candidates from 10am on Friday.
"The central election commission of the Luhansk People’s Republic informs notifications on nominating candidates for heads of towns and districts of LPR can be submitted from 25 September to 29 September 2015," LuhanskInformCenter quoted the commission as saying.
According to the decree signed by LPR head Igor Plotnitsky, election of 14 heads of town and district administrations will be held on November 1. Heads of districts will be elected in the following cities and towns — Luhansk, Krasny Luch, Stakhanov, Alchevsk, Kirovsk, Rovenki, Pervomaisk, Bryanka; and in districts — Antratsitovsky, Perevalsky, Lutuginsky, Krasnodonsky, Sverdlovsky and Slavyanoserbsky.
Plotnitsky said that "this is the first round of local election that will be followed by election of deputies to council of different levels, as well as heads of settlements and so on."
Local election is envisaged by the Minsk accords that were signed on February 12, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The Minsk accords also envisage ceasefire, weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.
The Ukrainian forces and the self-defense forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.