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CIS mission: A level playing field for campaigning in Belarus

Politics 06.11.2019 | 14:29

MINSK, 6 November (BelTA) – Candidates to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus of the seventh convocation enjoy equal conditions for pre-election campaigning, BelTA learned from the interim report of the CIS election observation mission.

“According to the CIS observers, the pre-election campaigning period is compliant with the Election Code requirements. Candidates enjoy equal conditions to conduct the pre-election campaign and access to media,” the interim report says. “However, some candidates failed to comply with the campaigning restrictions set by the code. In such cases district commissions apply measures to stop such violations. They can even deregister candidates.”

According to the mission, voters are widely informed about the electoral process. The website of the Central Election Commission provides necessary legal and statistical information related to the election campaign. The mission will present its final conclusions and assessments on the results of monitoring the election campaign in Belarus in the final document after the elections.

The mission started to monitor the election campaign in Belarus on 4 September. As of 6 November, the mission had 461 accredited observers representing Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, the Union State Standing Committee and the CIS Executive Committee. Forty-eight are long-term observers.

“The mission is open and transparent, and its activities are covered by the press, television and radio. The mission issues progress reports on the election monitoring. Long-term observers from the CIS are open for communication with media, including in the regions of the country,” the report says.

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