MINSK, 10 August (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia invited the OSCE to develop international election standards, but the organization refused, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Sergei Lebedev, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee – CIS Executive Secretary, head of the CIS observation mission, on 10 August, BelTA informs.
“In spite of the complicated transport situation, absence of aviation and railway service, 184 people from eight countries of the CIS came and monitored the election in regions and the city of Minsk for a few days. We have announced our findings today: the election campaign was organized well. The work of all people in charge of the election process was well organized,” Sergei Lebedev said.
He stressed that the CIS mission findings were unambiguous. The election was held in accordance with the Belarusian legislation, without foisting “some amorphous international regulations”.
Aleksandr Lukashenko, in turn, said that the international regulations as such do not exist. “Belarus and Russia invited the OSCE to develop standards, but they were reluctant,” the president said.
Sergei Lebedev agreed with Aleksandr Lukashenko and added that he had also been involved in the process. “They want to impose some rules upon us, but there is law. The election in Belarus took place in compliance with the law, it was competitive and open,” the CIS executive secretary reiterated.