Bills on holding elections in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Donbas have not yet been submitted for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Verkhovna Rada Chairman Dmytro Razumkov said this at a reporting press conference on Monday, July 20, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.
"Bills that would regulate elections in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas have not yet been submitted for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada. If we are talking about elections, and this is my personal position, I think that elections throughout the entire territory of a sovereign state must take place in accordance with a single law," Razumkov said.
On July 15, the Verkhovna Rada adopted resolution No. 3809 scheduling regular local elections for October 25.
In particular, according to the document, regular elections of deputies to local councils, as well as mayors of villages, towns, and cities, are scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2020. Regular elections are not held in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Also, regular elections to the Donetsk and Luhansk regional councils are not held due to the inability of these councils to represent the common interests of all communities in the regions.