CIS observers praise parliamentary elections in Belarus
The CIS observers praise the elections of deputies of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, head of the CIS observing mission Nauryz Aidarov noted during his meeting with Head of the Belarus Central Election Commission Lydia Yermoshina on September 26, reported Belta.
"We praise the steps made by the Belarusian leadership and the Central Election Commission to hold free and fair elections," Nauryz Aidarov said. He also noted that Belarus invited a lot of foreign observers.
According to him, 410 observers will represent the CIS member states including 46 long-term observers. They will observe all the 110 electoral districts.
The head of the CIS observing mission noted that CIS observers have already prepared two interim statements which say that the election campaign has no serious violations, it being held in line with the Belarusian national legislation.
In turn, Lydia Yermoshina noted that she signed 926 certificates of international observers. The OSCE and the CIS have the biggest missions. According to the Head of the Belarus Central Election Commission, around 14 thousand domestic observers have been accredited for the elections as well. "I think that their number will increase on Sunday," she said.
Lydia Yermoshina also noted that participation of Belarus' political parties in the election campaign is not active. "Eight parties from fifteen set up their candidates. As it turned out, seven parties are marginal ones and they do not participate in the elections," she noted.
Answering the question regarding the transparency of ballot boxes, Lydia Yermoshina expressed a doubt that the material from which the ballot boxes are produced may have an influence on the elections transparency.