2010 27/01

OSCE / ODIHR and Electoral Code of Belarus

As the new head of OSCE office in Minsk Benedikt Haller has told reporters in Minsk on 27 January, OSCE / ODIHR will give its assessment of changes in the Electoral Code of Belarus.

According to BelaPAN, the Belarusian authorities have handed over to the ODIHR the amendments to the electoral laws.

Haller said that the office will not be monitored the elections to local councils in Belarus in April, because it is not a part of its duties. Moreover, the office does not have the resources necessary to monitor the elections, according to the methodology of the OSCE / ODIHR.

The elections to local council will be held on 25 April.

As it was previously reported, on 12 January the head of the Central Election Commission Lidzia Yarmoshyna pointed to the lack of practice to invite observers to the local elections. Nevertheless Yarmoshyna did not exclude the presence of international observers in the local elections: “We receive the applications from embassies, and we never refuse to accredit the ambassadors, diplomats who work in Belarus. It is possible that someone will come through the inter-parliamentary or regional relations. However, there will be short-term expert missions, which are invited only on election day, and privately. Thus, we can not talk about any international supervision during forthcoming election campaign. It will be purely national elections nevertheless.”

Source: Belarusian News

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