Elections in Belarus can not be considered free and democratic, said at a press conference in Minsk on Monday the head of the observer mission of the Bureau of temporary democratic procedures and Human Rights Tony Lloyd.
"Belarus still has a long way to go to meet its OSCE commitments," — said Lloyd.
Overall voting process was assessed positively observers. However, the situation has deteriorated over time counting. "Bad" or "very poor" rating received almost half of the sites.
Lloyd: "The elections failed to give Belarus the new start she deserves."
He stressed that "arrests presidential candidates and representatives Civil Society and rough acceleration demonstrations will be the foundation on which this election will be judged. "
Evening the election was marred by the detention of almost all candidates, as well as hundreds of participants street protest, said Lloyd.
Lloyd said he expects the response of the Government of Belarus to arrest protesters.