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Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2012

28 Sep 2012

Union State PA observers praise fair, open elections in Belarus

MOSCOW, 27 September (BelTA) – Observers sent by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia to monitor the Belarus parliament elections believe that all the conditions for monitoring the preparations for the elections and the elections themselves were available. They also believe that all the conditions for holding fair and open elections were available, the press service of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia told BelTA.

According to the source, the elections were held in compliance with the Constitution and the Electoral Code of Belarus. During the voting the Belarusian nation was allowed free expression of the will while the voting process was in compliance with Belarusian laws.

The delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia comprised 25 people. As part of the CIS observers mission the delegation performed short-term monitoring of the preparations for and the voting to elect members of the fifth-convocation House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus. The delegation included members of the State Duma and the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of Russia, employees of the Parliamentary Assembly secretariat. The delegation was led by Tatiana Moskalkova, Chairwoman of the Legislation and Procedural Regulations Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia.

The voting process was monitored in Minsk and the oblast, Vitebsk Oblast, Gomel Oblast, and Grodno Oblast. Union State MPs visited 90 polling stations and got familiar with the operation of election commissions.

On the elections day observers sent by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia were present when polling stations were opening and closing and when votes were counted. Throughout the day MPs were granted unhindered access to polling stations and voting premises. The observers said that polling stations were opened on time. They praised the physical infrastructure of voting premises and the necessary materials available for the operation of polling station commissions. They saw no drawbacks or violations that could influence the voting process.

 

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