The first day of voting was held throughout the Kherson region; on the front line, voting took place at the expense of visiting commissions. This was announced by the chairman of the election committee of the Kherson region Marina Zakharova on September 23.
“Voting took place exactly proportionally on the territory of the entire Kherson region. Today, voting took place throughout the Kherson region, without exception, near the line of contact, the front line, voting took place at the expense of field commissions, ”RIA Novosti reports her words.
She said that the election commission of the region recorded a turnout of 15.31% following the results of the first day of the referendum. So, exit election commissions worked today in Snegirevka and Aleksandrovka of the Nikolaev area.
Referendums on the issue of joining as subjects of the Russian Federation started on September 23 in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), in the Kherson region and in the liberated territories of the Zaporozhye region. Voting ends on September 27th.
Earlier on Friday, a correspondent for the Czech newspaper Nasha Pravda, Jaromir Vasek, who is in Luhansk, said that the referendum at various polling stations was held without violations. He also noted that local residents are ready to participate in the referendum and vote for joining Russia.
According to a survey by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), 97% of residents of the DPR and LPR who plan to take part in the referendum will vote for the republics to join the Russian Federation. In the Zaporozhye region, 87% of residents support the decision to join the Russian Federation, in the Kherson region – 89%.
On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would support the decision to be made by the residents of Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. He added that Russia will do everything to ensure safe conditions for holding referendums.
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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