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23 August 2016, 18:32

Elections 2016. CIS IPA observer: Pre-election situation in Belarus is stable

MINSK, 23 August (BelTA) - The pre-election situation is stable in Belarus in general and in Minsk Oblast in particular, Yuri Andreyev, an international observer from the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (CIS IPA), said this while visiting Molodechno District, BelTA learned from the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee.

“The pre-election situation in the region and the country as a whole is stable and calm. People are ready for this event (the election to Parliament – note by BelTA). They know their candidates, support them. Candidates, in turn, need to mobilize, pull together their teams and remember that in case they are elected to Parliament they will need to not only contribute to lawmaking but also remember about the people whose interests they represent,” Yuri Andreyev said.

In Molodechno District the CIS IPA observer got acquainted with the work of the district election commissions in the town district No. 72, rural constituency No. 73, visited polling stations. Yuri Andreyev was accompanied by Viktor Khateyev, Deputy Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Election Commission. They inquired the election commission representatives about the nomination and registration procedures, the activity of the candidates and their initiative groups and proxies, accreditation and the work of observers. The experts were provided with comprehensive and detailed information on the work of election commissions.

“The goal of the visit to Molodechno District was to monitor the course of preparations for the elections and the situation in the town and the district during the election campaign. The task of observers is not to interfere with the work of election commissions, and see how things are going at the polling stations, how the schedule for the preparations of the elections is observed,” Yuri Andreyev said.

Yuri Andreyev emphasized that from his conversations with representatives of the two commissions, he concluded that at the current stage there are no violations of legislation. “The answers to our questions were clear and concise,” he concluded.

The elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus will be held on 11 September.

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