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12.10.2015 17:41 Videos

Video: OSCE observers describe Belarus' presidential election as flawed

Belarus' October 6-11 presidential election was flawed, according to OSCE observers.
Kent Harstedt, special coordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission, said, "The central election commission engaged [with us] in an open manner. But this did not translate fully into the broad improvements we had hoped for."
He described Belarus' voter registration system as too permissive and said that no even playing field for campaigning had been secured in the election.
Mr. Harstedt also complained about observers' lack of access to vote counting.
"These are very serious problems. Because it’s also put in combination with other issues that are addressed in our report, for example the composition of election commissions," he said.
The election "once again indicated that Belarus still has a considerable way to go in meeting its OSCE commitments for democratic elections," Mr. Harstedt said, reading out a preliminary statement by the election observation mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
"This underscores the need for the political will to engage in a comprehensive reform process."
The observers noted some improvements and a "welcoming attitude" but warned that "significant problems, particularly during the counting and tabulation of votes, undermined the integrity of the election."
The campaign and election day were peaceful, said the statement.

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