MINSK, 15 December (BelTA) – The group of experts held an additional meeting on 14 December to discuss the formation of the CIS Advisory Council of the Heads of Electoral Bodies. BelTA learned from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.
Representatives of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Secretariat of the CIS IPA Council and the CIS Executive Committee took part in a video conference.
The participants considered comments and suggestions from Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. The experts took them into account to finalize the text of the draft agreement that will be submitted for interstate coordination. Once this procedure is completed, the draft agreement will be submitted to the CIS Heads of State Council.
According to the press service, the initiative to set up the CIS Advisory Council of the Heads of Electoral Bodies belongs to Uzbekistan. It is assumed that the council will promote cooperation between the electoral bodies of the CIS countries and improvement of the electoral process in the states taking into account their experience in conducting elections and referendums in accordance with the legislation and international obligations. The council will consist of heads of central electoral bodies of the CIS member states.