The parliamentary election failed to meet OSCE standards

Such a conclusion was made by international observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in its own preparatory report.
Elections held in aggressively controlled criteria and the election campaign was virtually inconspicuous, said in a statement. The voting process itself was organized perfectly, but significantly deteriorated during the vote count. The statement noted that the promises of the Belarusian authorities to ensure transparency of the counting of votes were not fulfilled. 48 percent of stations visited by the OSCE observers, they assessed the vote count as "bad" or "very bad." There where he was likely access to the vote count revealed several instances of deliberate falsification.
OSCE observers in 35 percent of cases were not allowed to observe the counting of the votes, or interfere with the observation. The statement said that it has called swing this fundamental element of the electoral process.
"Clear signals about improving the electoral process have not been converted into life, and needed significant improvements to Belarus really democratic elections held in accordance with the general responsibilities of the OSCE. How annoying it may sound, it seems that multiple signals of good will were not true data or accepted. Accordingly, that significant progress that we had hoped for in the democratic development of Belarus did not materialize, "- said Anne-Marie Lizin, Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Special Coordinator of the short-term OSCE observer.
"I immediately feel hope and disappointment," — said the head of the OSCE observer mission Geert Ahrens. — "Hopes, as when we came here, was a wind of change in the electoral atmosphere; disappointment since we were not able to see the solutions prepyadstviya election observation, which was this country a long time — and specifically the problem of opacity counting. But, we hope that improved cooperation in the process of these elections may be foundation for a real dialogue on compliance with our advice. "
In the midst of positive configurations OSCE observers noted somewhat greater access of opposition representatives to election commissions, the decision to retransmit the five-minute candidate for the municipal television as a recommendation to seal cracks in the ballot boxes of ballots at night during the five-day early voting. Some opposition candidates noted the progress in the ability to freely hold meetings at designated places.
According to the statement, that the Belarusian legislation as before making obstacles for elections in accordance with OSCE responsibilities. Media coverage did not give voters disk imaging principle, that they were able to make an informed choice. Political parties play a de minimis role and limitations of the authorities is not permitted to conduct an active campaign konkurentnstyu true.
The mission was composed of 450 observers from 43 countries, representing the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

Tags: elections, OSCE

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