Lydia Termosingolo: Victor Tolochko / RIA Novosti
A preliminary assessment of the OSCE observers of the elections to the lower house of the Belarusian Parliament is perfunctory and insufficiently reasoned. This was stated by the head of the Central election Commission of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina, reports RIA Novosti.
According to her, the Belarusian authorities believe that the OSCE report is “very one-sided”. Yarmoshyna said that the observers “one-sided” serving facts, in connection with which the submitted document is subjective. However, she noted that if and to speak about fraud and ballot stuffing, you must provide justification for such claims.
The head of the CEC of Belarus also added that “all of this (preliminary assessment of the OSCE — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) — allegations that are not confirmed anything, the report seems superficial, based on hearsay and external impressions”.
Earlier, the head of observation mission of OSCE observers Margareta Zederfeldt said that the elections to the lower house of Parliament of Belarus “did not meet standards for democratic elections”. She noted that observers recorded a “disregard for fundamental freedoms”, as well as obstruction of the opposition to participate in the electoral process.
Elections to the lower house of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Belarus was held on Sunday, November 17. The result was elected 110 deputies. The CEC noted a record turnout in early voting, which amounted to over 35 percent. While public observers from the organization “Right of choice” reported that five days of early voting, they recorded almost 500 violations of the electoral legislation, including the likely frauds with turnout.
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