MINSK, 25 November (BelTA) – Seventy observers were removed from the polling stations at the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus of the seventh convocation due to the breach of legislation, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina said in an interview to the ONT TV channel on 24 November, BelTA has learned.
It has become a record number of such cases in the history of the Belarusian elections. “We have never had such a number of observers sent away. This time there were 105 of them, but 35 cases were related to false documents. But still, 70 people were removed for violations of the law,” said the CEC chairperson.
According to her, all the organizers of the elections assess the recent election campaign as the most controversial and scandalous one. Lidia Yermoshina added that after the arrival of western observers, especially short-term ones, “certain political forces started trying to show the world that everything is really bad here”.
The CEC chairperson commented on the interim report of the OSCE/ODIHR, OSCE PA and PACE observers. “If there were opposition party MPs in parliament, the assessment would be quite different. This time no opposition was elected, which influenced everything,” Lidia Yermoshina said.