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18 November 2019, 11:36

SCO mission calls Belarus' parliamentary elections as transparent, democratic

MINSK, 18 November (BelTA) - The SCO mission recognizes the parliamentary elections in Belarus as transparent and democratic, Deputy Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), head of the SCO observation mission at the Belarusian parliamentary elections Xie Xiaoyong told the media on 18 November, BelTA has learned.

The campaign complied with the national legislation and international obligations of Belarus, Xie Xiaoyong said. “The mission recognizes the elections as transparent, credible and democratic," he said.

Observers from the SCO have registered isolated cases of technical violations that cannot affect the election results. “The mission has seen no violations of the national law that would call the legitimacy of the elections into question,” Xie Xiaoyong added.

Experts from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization visited 436 polling stations on 17 November. The SCO mission highlighted active voter participation, professionalism of the election commissions and the calm atmosphere of the voting process which was held in the presence of media and observers.

Photos by Oksana Manchuk

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