CIS mission praises Belarus' efforts to inform voters about election campaign

MINSK. August 18. KAZINFORM Belarus is investing a lot of efforts in informing voters about the forthcoming parliamentary elections, reads a message of the CIS observation mission posted on 17 August, BelTA has learnt.

"The observers point out that an active awareness raising campaign is conducted in Belarus to inform voters about the forthcoming parliamentary elections," the message reads. The CIS observation mission said that addresses and phones of district election commissions can be found on the website of the Central Election Commission and print media outlets. Decisions of local executive and regulatory agencies regarding the borders of electoral districts are also available in local mass media outlets and on information posters. 

The CIS mission also praised the idea of domestic observation. The mission believes this will help reinforce public control over the elections and make them more transparent. "By now, district and precinct election commissions have accredited over 400 observers representing political parties and civil society," the headquarters of the mission informed. 

The observers also point out to the availability of the election-related legal documents, manuals and guidelines at election commissions. Seminars were held with members of district election commissions regarding the preparation and conduct of the elections. 

The CIS mission informed that the formation of precinct election commissions was held within the time frame specified by the Electoral Code. A total of 6,031 precinct election commissions were formed. They included representatives of labor collectives, public associations and individuals, as well as representatives of nine political parties. Political parties were also allowed to delegate one party member to the CEC with the right of an advisory vote. "The Belarusian United Left Party "A Just World", Liberal Democratic Party and Communist Party of Belarus have already taken advantage of this opportunity," the CIS mission informed. 

The CIS observation team started monitoring the parliamentary election campaign in Belarus on 25 July 2012. As of 17 August, the CIS observers have visited over 60 out of 110 district election commissions. The mission has 47 accredited observers, including 35 long-term observers. The formation of the CIS observation mission is still ongoing.

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