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CIS IPA urged to further develop election observation

Politics 13.04.2018 | 11:34

MINSK, 13 April (BelTA) - The activities of the IPA CIS in the field of election observation need to be further developed, Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko said as he met with Chairperson of the Federation Council of Russia's Federal Assembly Valentina Matviyenko in St. Petersburg on 12 April, BelTA learned from the press service of the House of Representatives.

“The leading role in election observation belongs to such institutions as the Venice Commission, OSCE/ODIHR who always dictate some positions. At the same time we have the CIS IPA International Institute for Monitoring Democracy Development, Parliamentarianism and Suffrage Protection which also deals with these issues. If there are rapporteurs of PACE, OSCE then there could be representatives of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly whose findings could be as important,” the speaker believes.

The parties exchanged the views on the ways of improving the work of the CIS IPA, adapting it to present-day realities taking into account the instructions of the heads of state and the expectations of the peoples of the CIS member states. According to Vladimir Andreichenko, the CIS IPA activities in the development of the model laws will be effective only if their norms are formalized in the national legislations of the member states.

The CIS IPA has adopted about 400 documents. “Not all of them have turned out to be relevant. The speaker believes that when planning the preparation of the model laws it is important to analyze the needs and challenges facing the CIS member states. To this end, it would be advisable to review how effectively the model laws formalized in the national legislations are used,” the press service added.

Speaking about the cooperation of the CIS IPA with other inter-parliamentary organizations, Vladimir Andreichenko noted that this work should be aimed not only at promoting and protecting the interests of the organization but of its every member. The more people know about the joint work, the higher its efficiency will be, the speaker believes. He suggested raising the awareness about the CIS IPA activity.

As BelTA reported earlier, the Belarusian parliamentary delegation is participating in the CIS IPA and CSTO PA events in St. Petersburg on 12-13 April. The program on 12 April included the sessions of the CIS IPA Council, the CSTO PA Council, the joint commission under the CIS IPA to harmonize the legislation in security and countering new challenges and threats, the CIS IPA Permanent Commissions on Economy and Finance, Political Affairs and International Cooperation, and the CIS Youth Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.

The CIS IPA Council considered issues related to the activities of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, took stock of the activity in 2017 and discussed plans for the forthcoming period.

The CSTO PA Council discussed the results of the Minsk session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, the situation in the area of the CSTO responsibility and measures to counteract challenges and threats to collective security at the present stage. The council heard out information on the priorities of Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the CSTO in 2018, the work to implement the norms of model laws and recommendations in the national legislation of CSTO countries adopted by the CSTO PA in 2014-2016, and plans on further convergence and harmonization of the legislations of the member states to the organization. The council also talked over the main results and prospects of interaction between the parliamentary delegations of the CSTO member states in the OSCE PA.

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