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18 November 2019, 14:46

Belarus' parliamentary elections described as free

MINSK, 18 November (BelTA) - All conditions for the free expression of citizens' will were created in Belarus, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FTUB) Mikhail Orda told reporters in Minsk on 18 November, BelTA has learned.

“The elections were held in full compliance with the law. All the necessary conditions were created so that the voters could make a choice they think was right in a free atmosphere,” Mikhail Orda said.

According to him, there were no systemic violations that could affect the voting process. "Of course, there were some controversial situations, some technical issues. But this is a normal process. A lot of people are involved in the election campaign, there is a clash of different ideas and interests. Naturally, minor hiccups may happen. But I would like to emphasize that all the irregularities our trade union observers complained about were promptly dealt with by the precinct commissions,” Mikhail Orda said.

The Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus passed a statement on the results of the election campaign. “Today this statement was endorsed by all member organizations of the Federation of Trade Unions, whose members worked as observers in the elections,” Mikhail Orda added.

In particular, the statement notes that the elections to the House of Representatives of the seventh convocation were transparent, open and democratic. Full transparency of the electoral process was ensured. The Federation of Trade Unions also calls on all national and international observers to give a balanced and objective assessment of the elections to the House of Representatives of the seventh convocation.

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