Belarus’ September 18-23 House of Representatives elections met “generally recognized democratic standards,” were transparent and open, and enabled the citizens of the country to freely express their will, the observation mission of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) says in a statement posted Monday on the website of the CIS Executive Committee.
The mission notes that the elections were held in an organized manner, in a calm atmosphere, and in accordance with the country’s constitution and Electoral Code.
According to the mission, Belarus has a sufficient legal basis for holding free and democratic elections.
The mission says that on the main polling day, September 23, CIS observers visited a total of more than 3,000 polling stations in all the 110 electoral districts and could see that authorities and election commissions of all levels ensured the exercise by citizens of their voting rights.
The mission notes that observers were given a “real opportunity” to watch the counting of votes in conditions that made the process visible.
The elections were monitored by 35 long-term CIS observers and 350 short-term observers representing Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, and the CIS Executive Committee.