Voter turnout in the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) for three days was 76.09%. This was announced on Sunday, September 25, by the head of the CEC of the republic, Elena Kravchenko. Thus, the referendum in the region can be considered valid, as the turnout exceeded 50%.
The situation is similar in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). According to the chairman of the Public Chamber of the DPR, Alexander Kofman, the referendum on joining Russia in the republic can be considered held, since more than 50% have already voted on it. According to the CEC of the DPR, according to the results of the first two days, the turnout in the republic exceeded 55%.
“According to international standards, a referendum is considered valid if 50% plus one voter voted in it. Already by the results of yesterday this milestone has been reached. In fact, our referendum can already be recognized as valid. And then there is today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow,” Kofman said at a briefing.
In the Zaporozhye region, the turnout for three days of voting was more than 51%. “According to the generalized data from polling stations, the turnout for the three days of voting was 51.55%, taking into account voting abroad,” said Galina Katyushchenko, chairman of the regional election commission.
The total turnout for the three days of voting in the referendum in the Kherson region is 48.91%. Marina Zakharova, the head of the election commission of the Kherson region, noted that the referendum in the region will be considered valid if the turnout is more than 50%.
From 23 to 27 September in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, referendums are being held on the issue of reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow will support the decision about its future that will be made by the majority of the inhabitants of these regions.
On September 24, the results of a sociological survey conducted by specialists from the Russian research company INSOMAR were made public. According to him, joining Russia is supported by 97% of the residents of the LPR, 94% of the DPR, as well as 84% of the residents of Zaporozhye and 83% of the Kherson region.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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