Belarus to accredit over 500 international observers for parliamentaryelections

MINSK. Sept 12 (Interfax) - The Belarusian Central Election Committee (CEC) has accepted applications for accreditation from 522 international observers, CEC chairwoman Lidia Yermoshina told a press conference in Minsk on Friday.

Two hundred five international observers have already started their work, she said.

"They represent five international organizations: the CIS Executive Committee, the Parliamentary Assembly of Belarus and Russia, the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Eurasian Economic Community and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights," the CEC chief said.

These missions are represented by citizens from 27 countries, she said.

Moreover, the CEC is expecting the arrival of observers from election organizers in the CIS countries and the Baltic States. "Almost all CECs responded, including from the Baltic States. Only Moldovan and Turkmenistan CEC officials are unlikely to arrive," Yermoshina said.

Election commissions of various levels have accredited 616 observers that include representatives from all opposition parties, she said.

The elections to the lower house of the Belarusian parliament will be held on September 28. To date, the election campaign has 282 candidates running for 110 parliamentary seats. The registered candidates include members of the opposition.



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