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Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2012

28 Sep 2012

Belarus CEC in favor of OSCE presence at next elections

MINSK, 28 September (BelTA) – The presence of OSCE observers at the next elections in Belarus is advisable, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Lidia Yermoshina told media on 28 September.

The presence of international observers at elections makes one more disciplined, believes the CEC head. Lidia Yermoshina remarked that the latest OSCE mission had worked in a more tolerant manner in comparison with the previous missions of the organization.

“In the past representatives of the mission would put pressure on CEC personnel and personnel of district commissions. This time we’ve seen nothing like that from the mission’s leadership,” said Lidia Yermoshina. She did not guarantee there had been nothing like that from regular members of the mission.

Speaking about the preliminary findings compiled by the OSCE mission, Lidia Yermoshina remarked that the report was moderate and had not invoked particularly unpleasant emotions from her. “Except for one paragraph that concerns myself personally. There is a phrase that says the CEC chair very frequently appeared in mass media, gave political opinions and thus prevented voters from making an informed choice,” she said.

“I think it is extremely unfair. Moreover, it contradicts the Electoral Code that indicates that election bodies have to inform voters about their activities. If we consider efforts of many of our candidates, if the CEC leadership had not appeared before voters often, they would not have guessed right away that some elections were in progress,” remarked Lidia Yermoshina.

 

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