Pompeo raises concerns on Belarus election
According to the Secretary of State, the findings of independent observers &# 171; cause deep concern&# 187;
According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United States recognizes that the recent parliamentary elections in Belarus were held peacefully and with a large number of accredited local and foreign observers, but the observation missions concluded that the elections “did not respect fundamental freedoms, and the integrity of the electoral process was not properly protected “.
As Pompeo noted in his statement, the findings and observations of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe are “deeply troubling.”. “We regret that alternative votes will not be presented in parliament,” the secretary of state said.
According to him, following the results of the past elections, serious questions remained in terms of creating obstacles to registering candidates, removing candidates from elections, the honesty of the early voting process, the lack of transparency in the vote counting process, lack of pluralism in election commissions, criminal penalties for libel and restrictions on media freedom..
“We note that there have been no significant changes in the electoral process recommended by the OSCE / ODIHR and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. We continue to call on the government of Belarus to undertake a serious reform of electoral legislation and processes in accordance with the recommendations of the OSCE / ODIHR and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe “.
“The development of Belarusian democracy will strengthen the sovereignty and independence of Belarus, which the United States unconditionally and resolutely supports, and will pave the way for the development of bilateral ties,” the Secretary of State said.
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