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OSCE Starts Monitoring Belarusian Elections

A mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on 2 September started monitoring Belarus's campaign for the 17 October parliamentary elections, Belapan reported.

The mission comprises 11 observers based in Minsk and 22 monitors deployed in the provinces.

The ODIHR is also planning to send 300 short-term observers who are scheduled to arrive in Belarus on 13 October. They will monitor the opening of polling stations, the voting process, the vote count, and the tabulation of results at all levels.

The mission will present its preliminary findings on 18 October, one day after the vote.

A comprehensive report will be released approximately six weeks after the completion of the election process.

(RFE/RL 03.ix.04)

 
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