MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) – The mission sent by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to monitor the Belarus president election has detected no violations of the Belarusian election laws in the course of the election. The statement was made by Dmitry Mezentsev, SCO Secretary General, head of the SCO election observation mission, on 12 October, BelTA has learned.
Dmitry Mezentsev remarked that for the first time ever the SCO has monitored an election in a country that enjoys the SCO observer status. He said that the SCO observers had visited 59 polling stations in Grodno Oblast, Gomel Oblast, Brest Oblast, Minsk Oblast, and Mogilev Oblast. “It was very important for us to note that we have not detected a single violation of the national election laws,” he said.
The official went on saying that the meetings with heads of precinct election commissions, with commission members, with voters, representatives of opposition parties and movements had demonstrated one obvious fact: the election indeed proceeded in an open and democratic manner. The election demonstrated that Belarus citizens accept the right to vote for the future president as the right to evaluate actions of the current government and confirm the policy aimed at the country's social and economic development.
The mission sent by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to monitor the Belarus president election includes representatives of SCO member states (Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan) as well as representatives of the SCO secretariat.