MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) – The Central Election Commission has accredited 1,001 international observers to watch elections to the seventh-convocation House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, BelTA has learned.
Most of the observers have been sent by the Commonwealth of Independent States (465) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (337). As many as 83 observers have been sent by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, 28 by PACE, and 17 by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Accreditation to watch the elections in Belarus has also been granted to 47 diplomats, 21 representatives of election authorities of foreign countries. Three independent experts also intend to monitor the election campaign.
Apart from that, according to the latest information of the Central Election Commission (CEC), territorial election commissions have accredited nearly 28,000 national observers, including some 1,700 sent by political parties, about 23,100 by public associations, roughly 1,200 by labor collectives, with around 1,900 applications filed by individual citizens.
The election campaign in Belarus is about to enter the final stage. Early voting was opened on Tuesday, 12 November. It will last through 16 November. 17 November is the main election day to elect members of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament.