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MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. Local elections in Ukraine are held in an atmosphere of lies and gerrymandering that is why the low voter turnout can be seen as a sign of growing consciousness of Ukrainians, Vladislav Deinego, the official representative of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) at the Minsk settlement talks, said on Sunday.
"These elections are held in absolutely unacceptable conditions when torrents of lies are poured down on the voters who are openly intimidated. It would be no surprise for me if the voter turnout in Donbass is not more than ten percent. If it is higher, it will speak about open falsification," he said.
"They [the Ukrainian authorities] are fully aware that there [in Kiev-controlled Donbass territories - TASS] they can have no support at all, that is why they are afraid to show the world the real picture. So, it’s only natural that they have opted to use whatever a pretext that might be not to hold elections in these territories," he said.
"Rather acute contradictions have taken shape in Ukraine, where they authorities are using all possible tools to rig the elections in their advantage. There is also a rather radically-minded opposition, also seeking to rig votes. In such conditions it is impossible to speak about any objective elections," Deinego stressed.
"People’s unwillingness to take part in the polling demonstrates that they don’t believe in the existing system of the organization of authorities. Whereas people came to the presidential elections with some share of consciousness believing that this way they could put an end to the revolutionary orgy reigning in the country at that time, now people believe neither those who are in power nor those who potentially claim this power. They don’t want to have anything in common with the process of the legitimization of those extremist groups that are seeking to get to power. People don’t want to have anything in common with the crimes the current authorities are indulging in," the LPR negotiator said.
"That is why the low voter turnout in such conditions can be seen as growing civil consciousness of people," he underscored.