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Monitors Say Elections In Two Eastern Ukraine Cities Held Properly

A nongovernmental group of international election monitors says delayed local elections on November 29 were conducted in accordance with laws and regulations in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Krasnoarmiisk.

The European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) said on November 30 that high voter turnout in the two cities indicated the population's engagement in political developments.

Ukraine's Central Election Commission says voter turnout was 34.6 percent in Mariupol and 34.5 percent in Krasnoarmiisk.

The two cities, which both are in government-held territory of eastern Ukraine's turbulent Donetsk region, were supposed to conduct local elections in October.

But polling stations did not open there during the October vote because of disputes over ballots.

Much of the Donetsk region and the neighboring Luhansk region are controlled by Russia-backed separatists.

Self-styled separatist leaders have agreed to postpone their own elections until sometime in 2016.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax