Self-Rule Referendum in Luhansk Attracts Voter Turnout of over 75%

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The referendum in Ukraine's southeastern Luhansk region on declaring independence from Kiev has allegedly attracted voter turnout of over 75% in some places.

Vasily Nikitin, representative of the Luhansk referendum press center, told ITAR-TASS Sunday that problems had only been registered in districts where the army had obstructed the organization of the vote,  in the settlements of Svatovo, Melovoye, Belokurakino and Troitskoye.

Representatives of the Central Electoral Commission of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Luhansk informed that voter turnout by 10 am stood at around 22%.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk Roman Lyagin announced that the turnout had exceeded 30%  by around 11 am local time.

The ballots in both referendums contain only one question in both Ukrainian and Russian: "Do you support the act of state self-rule of the Donetsk People's Republic/Luhansk People's Republic?"

Polling stations in the two regions are to remain open for 14 hours, according to reports of CNN, with the first results due on Monday.

Pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions organized the vote despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's call to postpone it. The organizers of the referendum have vowed to boycott Ukraine's presidential elections on 25 May.

The EU and US have also condemned the referendums as illegitimate.

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News Flash - 12 May 2014 // 21:55:08

Before you can assume self-rule, you should demonstrate self-control. Drunkenness and poor oral hygiene should not rule anywhere. It's obvious that Putin wears dentures. Buffoons still fighting WW2.

sa-sha - 12 May 2014 // 12:40:30

.....;-)....oh, Optimistic, those bloody сlowns, those chosen by USA/EU "new rulers" are, sure, the ONLY "legitimate Ukrainian authorities" today.....and tomorrow the puppet "Poroshenko" will be elected, as the result of the totally honest and fair elections ;-), the ONLY legitimate President of Ukraine. Hallelujah!

Optimistic - 11 May 2014 // 21:44:04

The illegal Kiev government were shooting at unarmed people today as they went to vote in the referendum.

The people are doing the best they can.

The people who support the illegal dictatorship that the US NATO EU installed in Kiev will critize the referendum of course, but what was installed in Kiev are the illegal, undemocratic violent group.

Warfou - 11 May 2014 // 21:29:38

There are only 8 commissions in Slavyansk which has 40.000 inhabitants so that the separatists can show queues of voters. There are no voters' lists so everyone can vote more than one time. There are no international observers because after recent kidnapping the OSCE observers and the western journalist there is literally no one willing to go there. It is more than a fake referendum, it is a caricature of democracy.

Optimistic - 11 May 2014 // 20:46:47

The authorities in Lunskh and Donetsk invited foreign observers to monitor the referendum but they refused.

The self determination people are doing a great job.

The US EU and NATO have installed an illegal puppet government in Kiev.

Democracy in Eastern Ukraine they absolutely hate and they label these people 'cockroaches' and kill them.

Thunderstorm - 11 May 2014 // 20:09:54

The voter turnout can even be 123% as it was reported to be in Sevastopol, dependable only on who is counting the votes.

Optimistic - 11 May 2014 // 18:34:52

This is fantastic news.

The turnout for this is far greater than the turnout for EU Elections which in 2009 was 43%.

The EU and US are afraid of Democracy and self determination as the people of Eastern Ukraine want to decide their own future.

The EU and US want their puppet government in Kiev to deliver what they call democracy using tanks armed soldiers and armed facists.

Bravo East and South Ukraine for standing up for yourselves.

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