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Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2012

24 Sep 2012

OSCE: Belarus parliament elections were not compliant with international standards

MINSK, 24 September (BelTA) – The Belarus parliament elections took place in compliance with national electoral laws, but not in compliance with international standards, says the statement of preliminary findings and conclusions released by the OSCE mission sent to monitor the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus.

The document reads that despite the improvements made to the electoral law in amendments in 2010 and 2011, the legal framework does not adequately guarantee the conduct of elections in line with OSCE commitments and international standards. The OSCE observers believe that despite some improvements to the electoral law citizens’ rights to associate, to stand as candidates, and to express themselves freely were not respected.

In line with the report election commissions at all levels fulfilled their administrative obligations according to the deadlines set in the election calendar. “Central Election Commission (CEC) sessions were open and attended by observers.” The OSCE observers believe that early voting and election day procedures were good, but the process deteriorated considerably during the count.

Presenting the report before mass media on 24 September, Matteo Mecacci, Head of the OSCE PA mission, said that a large number of observers had been denied the possibility of watching the vote count. The OSCE mission believes that Belarus lacks a clearly regulated vote count procedure, ruling out an honest vote count.

“On a positive note, for the first time, political parties could nominate candidates in all constituencies regardless of whether they maintain a regional office in a given district. This resulted in an increase in political party nominations,” the statement says.

“This election was not competitive from the start,” said Matteo Mecacci. He underlined: “We are still ready to cooperate with Belarus in seeking ways to hold elections in our common interests”. He also thanked all the Belarusian citizens and government agencies for the OSCE observers seeing readiness for a dialogue during their stay in the country. “I also agree with the Belarus president’s statement that these elections were held for the Belarusian nation, not the West. Exporting democracy is not the goal of our stay here. Our presence is aimed at restoring full-fledged cooperation with Belarus,” said the OSCE PA mission head.

 

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