Lukashenka: Belarus unhappy with election observation by OSCE

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has invited the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to observe this year’s presidential election in Belarus, but warned that Minsk is unhappy with how OSCE missions monitor ballots.

The OSCE will be able to send all the representatives the organization deems necessary for monitoring the presidential election in Belarus, Lukashenka said as he met with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and OSCE ODIHR Director Michael Georg Link on June, 16.

According to Lukashenka, the OSCE is an organization that very seriously monitors the election process, but its activity is far from perfection.

“I cannot say we are satisfied with how it is done. Not because you criticize us more often than mention something positive. No, not because of that but because the OSCE still lacks common approaches, universal rules for monitoring an election,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes the Belarusian leader as saying. He mentioned  ex-USSR republics as an example, saying that they once came up with the ‘possible options for such approaches’.

At the same time, Alyaksandr Lukashenka stressed that Belarus would welcome all the representatives the OSCE was goung to send to monitor the election process in the country.

A presidential election campaign is to take place in Belarus this year., following BelTA, BelaPAN

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