PACE Won’t Send Its Obsevers To 2020 Election In Belarus

Neither OSCE, nor PACE will send their representatives to Belarus to observe the presidential election due on 9 August.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe won’t monitor the presidential election in Belarus, the organization’s press service told RIA Novosti. According to the official statement, PACE had received an invitation from the Belarusian parliament on July 15 to send delegates to the presidential election.

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However, PACE President Rik Daems explained that given the limited time before the election, the lack of observers from partner organizations, including the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and also the changing situation in the healthcare linked to the coronavirus and related restrictions on trips for its members, the Assembly could not send its delegation.

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly observers also won’t come to the presidential election in Belarus for the first time. As the organization explained, it did not receive an invitation from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry on time.

The Foreign Ministry said it was “a disappointing surprise” for them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoly Glaz said that the invitation, was sent “exactly on the day after the registration of candidates.” OSCE PA representatives criticized this decision.

It is known, that the CIS mission will take part in observing the presidential elections: at present, the process of its formation is underway, said Maria Gutsalo, an adviser to the press service of the Commonwealth Executive Committee.

Belarus is scheduled to hold the presidential election on 9 August. On 14 July, the Central Election Commission registered five presidential candidates – incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, Andrei Dmitriev, Anna Kanopatskaya, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Sergei Cherechen.