KIEV, April 23. /ITAR-TASS/. The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has blocked access to the list of registered voters in several districts of the country’s Donetsk Region in a bid to prevent a referendum on the federal status of the eastern region, a spokeswoman for the SBU said on Wednesday.
“The Security Service jointly with the Central Election Commission thwarted attempts to get access to data bases of the state register of voters,” Yekaterina Kosareva said adding that attempts were made with the aim of holding a referendum on the Donetsk Region’s status.
She said the administrations of the Sloviansk, Yenakiyevo, Snezhnoe, Amvrosievka and Kramatorsk districts of the Donetsk Region were prohibited access to the state register of voters.
The same move was made by the authorities in Kiev last month during Crimea’s referendum on the secession from Ukraine. The Ukrainian Election Commission then also blocked the region from accessing the state register of voters, but this time the analogues move was initiated by the SBU.
Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission also blocked a server where the lists of voters were placed but the organizers of the Crimean plebiscite had obtained all the necessary list prior to that. The lists had been use to hold elections 2012 and voting in the referendum was done on their basis.