OSCE says Belarus election fails to meet democratic standards

MINSK, December 20 (Itar-Tass) - The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has not recognised the Belarusian presidential election as legitimate, head of the organisation's election observation mission Tony Lloyd told journalists on Monday.

Despite some improvements in the election legislation, the legal framework still does not adequately guarantee the conduct of elections in line with OSCE commitments. Important aspects of the process are not fully regulated. This includes the lack of safeguards to ensure the integrity of early voting and the vote count, according to OSCE.

"This election failed to give Belarus the new start it needed. The counting process lacked transparency. The people of Belarus deserved better. And, in particular, I now expect the Government to account for the arrests of presidential candidates, journalists and human rights activists," said Tony Lloyd who leads the short-term OSCE observer mission and heads the delegation of the OSCE PA.


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