OSCE / ODIHR Long-Term Observers to Arrive in Belarus on November 17

15.11.2010 16:23

Long-term observers of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE ODIHR) will arrive in Belarus on Wednesday, November 17. This was stated by the head of the OSCE observer mission in the presidential election in Belarus, Ambassador Geert Ahrenson, on November 15. "They will take their observation posts throughout the country on Friday," he said.

According to the ambassador, OSCE / ODIHR key team mission to monitor presidential elections in Belarus, based in Minsk, include representatives from Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Ukraine and other countries. «During our mission we will meet with candidates, government officials, media and representatives of civil society in Belarus,» Geert Ahrens said, BelTA informs.

He also said that OSCE / ODIHR election observation mission would make the main emphasis to ensure the practical implementation of changes to the electoral legislation of Belarus. «Following the elections in Belarus in 2008, we’ve recommended some changes to the electoral legislation of Belarus. The main objective of this mission is the implementation of these changes in practice,» the ambassador said.

Preliminary OSCE Report to Come up the Day after Elections

Geert Ahrens also reported that OSCE / ODIHR will make the final report of the Election Observation Mission in Belarus, following the same pattern as in previous elections, which is eight weeks after their completion, BelaPAN.

Nevertheless, the preliminary findings and conclusions of the mission will publish the next day after the vote. In addition, the mission of the OSCE / ODIHR intends to make two interim reports of the observation. The first of them will be devoted to the results of the formation of electoral commissions, he said.

According to him, some members of the mission will stay in Belarus for a week after the election, others will stay even longer.

«We will carefully carry out our work, speaking gently and  specifying only those points, we can confirm. My only wish is to  write in the report after the election that they have been held in accordance with the commitments, assumed by Belarus,» Geert Ahrens said.

According to Telegraf, the OSCE is planning to send 40 long-term observers to Belarus who will monitor the election campaign across the country. In addition, the Technical Commission recommends to send 400 short-term observers to monitor the voting process on the very election day, as well as to observe the counting of the votes and filling the protocols by election commissions.