News on the topic: elections-2016

Priority recommendations on reforming electoral legislation

17.01.2017 Priority recommendations on reforming electoral legislation

The civil campaign Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections presents a policy paper on its recommendations aimed at reforming the electoral legislation of Belarus. According to the campaign’s experts, these recommendations are crucial for the conduct of free, fair and democratic elections.

Human rights defenders call to step up implementation of election recommendations

21.11.2016 Human rights defenders call to step up implementation of election recommendations

The campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” is calling on both national and international experts to be engaged in a wide public debate on the implementation of recommendations made by observers in order to improve the electoral legislation of Belarus.

Parliamentary Elections 2016. Final Report

21.11.2016 Parliamentary Elections 2016. Final Report

Observation was carried out by activists of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in the framework of the campaign Human Rights Defenders For Free Elections

Observer in Orša fined for ‘disorderly conduct at the polling station’

11.11.2016 Observer in Orša fined for ‘disorderly conduct at the polling station’

The trial of an observer from the BPF Party, Vital Paulau, started on October 12 and ended a month later with a fine of 42 rubles, RFE/RL’s Belarus service said.

Ales Bialiatski: Civilian control prevents government from downplaying problems

23.09.2016 Ales Bialiatski: Civilian control prevents government from downplaying problems

On September 22, Belarusian human rights defenders arranged a side event at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw to report on the results of parliamentary elections held in the country on September 11.

Miklós Haraszti: Belarus elections 'lipstick measures on face of violations'

15.09.2016 Miklós Haraszti: Belarus elections 'lipstick measures on face of violations'

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, says despite the admission of a token oppositionist there was no real difference between last Sunday’s parliamentary elections and all the previous ones carried out in Belarus.

EU Says Belarus Elections Show Need For 'Comprehensive' Reform

13.09.2016 EU Says Belarus Elections Show Need For 'Comprehensive' Reform

The European Union has said that parliamentary elections in Belarus on September 11 show the need for "comprehensive electoral reform."

Human rights defenders: CEC’s promises and attempts to show improvements fail to bring progress

13.09.2016 Human rights defenders: CEC’s promises and attempts to show improvements fail to bring progress

The campaign Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections summed up yesterday the results of monitoring the elections of deputies of the House of Representatives of the 6th convocation. At a press conference in Minsk, the campaign coordinators Aleh Hulak (Belarusian Helsinki Committee) and Uladzimir Labkovich (Human Rights Center "Viasna") presented their assessment of the parliamentary election campaign.

OSCE ODIHR: Belarus elections efficiently organized, long-standing systemic shortcomings remain

12.09.2016 OSCE ODIHR: Belarus elections efficiently organized, long-standing systemic shortcomings remain

The 11 September parliamentary elections were efficiently organized and there were visible efforts to address some long-standing issues, but a number of systemic shortcomings remain, the international observers of the OSCE ODIHR mission concluded in a preliminary statement released today.

Parliamentary Elections. September 11, 2016. Analytical Report (full text)

12.09.2016 Parliamentary Elections. September 11, 2016. Analytical Report (full text)

The elections did not meet a number of key international standards for democratic and free elections, as well as the country’s electoral legislation. First of all, the findings are due to the lack of equal access to state media for all candidates, lack of impartiality of election commissions, facts of abuse of administrative resources in favor of the pro-government candidates, numerous facts of forcing voters to participate in early voting, non-transparency of some election procedures for observers.

Invitation to press conference on results of election observation

12.09.2016 Invitation to press conference on results of election observation

Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections announce a press conference on September 12 on the results of monitoring the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the sixth convocation.

Parliamentary Elections: Report on Election Campaigning

11.09.2016 Parliamentary Elections: Report on Election Campaigning

The candidates were not provided with equal rights; pro-government candidates enjoyed better conditions for campaigning: they made extensive use of the administrative resources, including electronic and print media.

Parliamentary elections: Final report on early voting

11.09.2016 Parliamentary elections: Final report on early voting

Early voting remains one of the systemic problems of the country’s electoral process and creates opportunities for the use of administrative resources and other manipulations.

Parliamentary elections: Analytical report on fourth day of early voting

10.09.2016 Parliamentary elections: Analytical report on fourth day of early voting

364 short-term observers of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" are involved in daily observation of the early voting at 182 polling stations across the country.

Parliamentary elections: Analytical report on third day of early voting

09.09.2016 Parliamentary elections: Analytical report on third day of early voting

In accordance with the Electoral Code, early voting opened on September 6.

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