For the first time the OSCE did not send observers to the elections in Belarus

The organization for security and cooperation in Europe will send a mission of observers on presidential elections of Belarus, this OSCE informed the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the country, it is reported in the statement of the OSCE, which published on July 15.

“The lack of timely invitation more than two months after the announcement of elections has not allowed the OSCE Office for democratic institutions and human rights to monitor key aspects of the electoral process”, – said the Director of the Bureau of Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir.

She noted that the lack of an invitation reflects a lack of commitment to cooperation with the OSCE observers in the elections. Gisladottir expressed concern about reports that candidates for President have been intimidated and opposition activists arrested.

The Director of the Office for democratic freedoms called on the Belarusian authorities to take immediate steps to protect fundamental freedoms of their citizens.

The presidential elections in Belarus to be held on 9 August.

Only the CEC registered five candidates. Apart from incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko for the presidency expect the co-Chairman of the Association “Tell the truth” Andrey Dmitriev, ex-Deputy Anna Konopacka, wife of the works of Sergei Tikhanovski Svetlana Tikhanovski and the leader of the party “Belarusian social-democratic Gramada” Sergey Cerecer.

One of the main opponents of Lukashenko called the banker of Babariko. He was taken into custody June 18, a day before the deadline, which is given to collect signatures for the candidate. Belarusian law enforcers accused him of financial crimes. On 15 July, the CEC refused the registration Babariko.

On July 14 protests in Belarus detained more than 250 people. The reason for the stock was the refusal of the Belarusian Central election Commission to register candidates for President of the opposition Victor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo.

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