IVC sees no smear campaigns in DPR primaries

September 27, 2016 9:20 // Updated: September 27, 2016 23:51

Donetsk, Sep 27 – DAN. DPR Interim Vote Commission (IVC) says there are no smear campaigns as far as preparations for primaries scheduled for October, 2nd, are concerned.

“We haven’t seen smear campaigns and I’m sure we won’t. There is no indication of such intentions,” said IVC press officer Oleg Balykin.

Candidates are being perfectly correct, he added, “no insults, no war mongering, we see tolerance at its best.”

A smear campaign is a negative tactic aiming at undermining opponent’s public image by various means – from reasonable critisism to leaking discrediting or knowingly false information. Smear campaigns are not uncommon in many countries and prevail on Ukraine political stage today.

The first round of the primaries-2016 is scheduled to take place in Donetsk on October, 2th.

The primaries, that are preliminary in nature, are aimed just at exploring public opinion and held before anticipated local elections in Donbass, are in compliance with Minsk Agreements. The vote is being organized in line with OSCE standards. Official representatives of the candidates alongside international observers from OSCE/ODIHR and other foreign and international organizations are free to monitor the DPR primaries. The Interim Vote Commission is also authorized to invite representatives of Ukrainian, Russian and EU political parties.

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