CEC chair proposes schedule for polling station observers

The Central Election Commission has proposed observers to work at polling stations in several shifts. The election commissions will independently determine the time for observers.

The CEC offers observers to be present during the early voting in two shifts: from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00. On August 9, the main day of voting, the time for observers to be present at the polling stations is divided into periods: from 08:00 to 15:00 and from 15:00 until the end of counting.

“The first three in the list of accredited observers are given the opportunity to choose the date and period (dates and periods) of observation, the remaining dates and periods are offered to the following observers,” the CEC said.

The CEC also explains that this procedure is applied only at those sites where the number of accredited observers exceeds the quotas set by the CEC.

Earlier Lidziya Yarmoshyna noted that the number of observers at the polling station should not exceed five on the main voting day. And no more than three in case of early voting. She explained it by the need to stop the spread of coronavirus. The persons allowed to observe will be determined by priority in line with the procedure of accreditation applications’ submission.