IPA CIS Observers Monitor Voting at Parliamentary Elections in Belarus
17 November 2019
On the election day to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, the IPA CIS international observers monitored different stages of voting – from the opening of the polling stations until the vote counting.
The Observer Team visited four district election commissions and 147 polling stations in Minsk, Minsk and Grodno regions, as well as the foreign polling stations in Baku (Republic of Azerbaijan), Yerevan (Republic of Armenia), Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) and Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation).
The polling stations were opened no later than at 8 a.m. on local time in accordance with the national legislation. The voting procedures were also compliant with the Republic’s electoral law. The voters were given equal and unrestricted access to polling stations. The observers didn’t detect facts of interference on behalf of the administrative or law enforcement authorities on any polling station.
The majority of monitored polling stations were attended by authorized representatives of the candidates, representatives of political parties and international observers who did not voice any substantive comments on the procedures in the interview with the IPA CIS observers. Nevertheless, the IPA CIS Observer Team detected minor technical deficiencies, which were not systematic and did not impact the outcomes of the elections.
On the voting day, Team Coordinator, First Deputy Chairman of the Majlisi namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan Abdujabbor Azizi and Secretary General – Head of the IPA CIS Council Secretariat Dmitriy Kobitskiy held meetings with the heads of observer teams from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The parties exchanged information on work of their observers and discussed further cooperation for monitoring methods and harmonization of monitoring standards.