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Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2012

24 Sep 2012

Lebedev: CIS, OSCE had the same view of Belarus’ elections on election day

MINSK, 24 September (BelTA) – The observation missions of the CIS and the OSCE/ODIHR had the same opinion of the electoral process in Belarus on election day, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary, chief of the CIS observation mission in Belarus Sergei Lebedev told reporters on 24 September commenting on the Belarusian parliamentary elections, BelTA has learnt.

“We met with them at polling stations yesterday and shared our views. We were getting the same idea of the electoral process during the day,” Sergei Lebedev said. He noted that the same happened during the 2010 presidential election. “We had the same evaluation during the day; however, the events in the evening blurred this evaluation and on the following day you heard what you heard,” he stated.

The chief of the CIS observation mission informed that he met with the head of the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission on the eve of the parliamentary elections in Belarus. “We had a good and constructive conversation. We are going to maintain close contacts with observers from other organizations in the future,” Sergei Lebedev said.

In recent years the CIS observation mission has established rather close relations with observers from western international organizations. “We keep in touch with observers from the OSCE/ODIHR, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Shanghai Cooperation Organizations. I consider these contacts constructive and useful,” Sergei Lebedev said.

He thanked the Belarusian authorities, electoral bodies, the Central Election Commission “for unlimited observation opportunities for the CIS observers”. “We did not feel any barriers; all our requests to study documents, talk to members of all government bodies in charge of the election campaign were fulfilled. We had an opportunity to perform our observation functions without restrictions,” Sergei Lebedev said.


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