Russian CEC schedules "presidential elections" in Ukraine's occupied territories
On December 11, the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) scheduled the “presidential elections” in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions
This was reported by the press service of the Russian CEC, TASS reports.
According to Russian propagandists, the consultations on the possibility of holding the so-called elections were attended by Deputy Chairman of the CEC Nikolai Bulaev, Secretary of the Commission Natalia Budarina, representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian Federal Security Service, as well as governors of the temporarily occupied territories.
It is alleged that all parties to the consultations consider it possible to hold presidential elections in the occupied territories, which Russia calls "new subjects."
The Russian CEC decided to schedule "elections" in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine for March 17, 2024.
"It was adopted unanimously," said CEC Deputy Chairman Nikolai Bulaev after the commission members raised their hands.
In August, Medusa wrote that the Kremlin had decided on the candidates who would compete with Vladimir Putin in the 2024 presidential election. The main criterion is to be at least 50 years old.
On November 6, Reuters reported, citing its own sources, that Russian leader Vladimir Putin had decided to run in the 2024 presidential election, and that his advisers were already preparing for the campaign. The Kremlin denied any preparations for the election. In turn, the Institute for the Study of War reported that the Russian government is testing an electronic voting system before the 2024 presidential election, likely to facilitate manipulation of the results in favor of Vladimir Putin.
On December 8, Putin announced his intention to run for president in 2024. For the first time, the presidential election will be a multi-day event, held from March 15 to 17.