The “People’s Council” of the so-called “LPR” adopted the law “On the Election of the Head of the LPR”.
According to the document, “the head of the republic is elected by the deputies of the People’s Council from among three candidates presented by the President of Russia,” Vladimir Putin. Elections will be held by secret ballot.
The head of the “People’s Council” Denis Miroshnichenko explained that the federal law “On the General Principles of Organization of Public Power in the Subjects of the Russian Federation” allows elections of the highest official in the manner prescribed by the constitution or law of the subject of the Russian Federation.
Thus, the law adopted today will determine “the procedure for electing the head of the DPR,” Miroshnichenko said.
In September 2023, elections to the “People’s Council” and the “head” of the republic will be held in the so-called “LPR”. The “head” of the republic is elected for five years. In October last year, “acting head of the Luhansk People’s Republic” was appointed Leonid Pasechnik.
In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The annexation was not recognized by the vast majority of the world’s countries. In 2022, after seizing part of Ukrainian territory, Russia announced the annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions of Ukraine. The boundaries of the territories that Russia now considers its own are not completely clear. At the same time, Moscow does not fully control the territory of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions.
In May of this year, Vladimir Putin signed amendments to the law “On Martial Law”. According to the document, elections in the territories of Ukraine annexed by Russia can be held after consultations with the Central Election Commission, the RF Ministry of Defense and the FSB. The law also allows voting both in the entire territory where martial law has been introduced, and only in part of it.