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30 Aug 2016

Kent Harstedt: Election process in Belarus becomes more open

Kent Harstedt: Election process in Belarus becomes more open

MINSK, 30 August (BelTA) – The election process in Belarus is becoming more open, Special Coordinator of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) short-term observer mission, Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Kent Harstedt said as he met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 30 August, BelTA has learned.

“This is the fourth time that I have observed the election campaigns in Belarus. I would like to note, and I emphasized this in the reports, that the election process is becoming better and more open,” Kent Harstedt stressed.

The special coordinator highlighted the high level of cooperation between the CEC and the OSCE mission, drawing attention to the fact that inviting international observers to monitor elections is important.

Kent Harstedt said that he had visited Belarus many times, had been to different regions of the country. “Belarus is a beautiful country with wonderful people,” he said.

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