News on the topic: elections-2019

Election echo: more activists convicted of illegal protesting

05.12.2019 Election echo: more activists convicted of illegal protesting

At least eight opposition activists have been found guilty of joining the illegal demonstrations held in central Minsk in November.

Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections protest post-election repression

02.12.2019 Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections protest post-election repression

Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections calls on the authorities of Belarus to immediately put an end to repression against members of opposition parties and initiatives.

Picks of the week: Parliamentary elections in figures

22.11.2019 Picks of the week: Parliamentary elections in figures

The November 17 elections brought both predictable and quite unexpected results. Some of them are shocking, while others are absurd.

EU, U.S. regret “no meaningful changes” in Belarus elections

21.11.2019 EU, U.S. regret “no meaningful changes” in Belarus elections

The November 17 parliamentary elections were a “lost opportunity,” as the vote failed to fully meet international standards, the EU said in a statement released through the office of Maja Kocijancic, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

OSCE/ODIHR: Curbs on freedoms and concerns over procedural integrity tarnish elections

20.11.2019 OSCE/ODIHR: Curbs on freedoms and concerns over procedural integrity tarnish elections

MINSK, 18 November 2019 – Fundamental freedoms were disregarded and the integrity of the election process was not adequately safeguarded in the early parliamentary elections in Belarus even as the number of registered candidates increased, international observers concluded in a preliminary statement published today.

Parliamentary elections 2019: Analytical report

19.11.2019 Parliamentary elections 2019: Analytical report

Observation of the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus is carried out by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” in the framework of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”.

Decline of political race and total fraud. Human rights activists sum up observation of parliamentary elections

18.11.2019 Decline of political race and total fraud. Human rights activists sum up observation of parliamentary elections

The parliamentary elections were once again marred by gross violations of both Belarusian legislation and international standards, representatives of “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”, a nation-wide election observation coalition, said at a press conference in Minsk.

2019 parliamentary elections: Report on early voting

17.11.2019 2019 parliamentary elections: Report on early voting

The official turnout for early voting is reported at 35.77%, which is the record high for the parliamentary elections since 2008.

2019 parliamentary elections: Report on election campaigning

16.11.2019 2019 parliamentary elections: Report on election campaigning

Administrative resources were widely used to promote the pro-government candidates, while a number of non-affiliated and opposition candidates reported obstacles in concealing or providing false information about their campaigning activities, as well as censorship of their political advertising.

Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections announce press conference on results of monitoring parliamentary elections

14.11.2019 Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections announce press conference on results of monitoring parliamentary elections

The nation-wide domestic non-partisan election observation campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” will hold a press conference on the results of monitoring the elections of members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the seventh convocation. The event will take place at 12 a.m., November 18 at Manastyrski Hotel in Minsk.

2019 parliamentary elections: Weekly report. November 4-9

11.11.2019 2019 parliamentary elections: Weekly report. November 4-9

observers of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” report the predominantly low-key character of the election campaign. There were ongoing cases of bans on broadcasting the campaign speeches of opposition candidates.

Belarus elections still ignore key recommendations, says OSCE ODIHR mission

08.11.2019 Belarus elections still ignore key recommendations, says OSCE ODIHR mission

The parliamentary election campaign in Belarus is low key, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights said in an interim report released 10 days before voting day set for November 17.

2019 parliamentary elections: Weekly report. October 28 - November 2

03.11.2019 2019 parliamentary elections: Weekly report. October 28 - November 2

There were cases of abusing administrative resources for the purposes of election campaigning by the pro-government candidates, as well as creating obstacles to independent and opposition candidates in their campaigning events.

Censorship and penalties: Parliamentary elections worse than ever

30.10.2019 Censorship and penalties: Parliamentary elections worse than ever

This year’s parliamentary elections have already been marred by multiple instances of arbitrary interpretation of electoral laws, Uladzimir Labkovich, coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”, said in a comment on the case of candidate Uladzimir Zahryshau running in Babrujsk.

Parliamentary elections 2019: Analytical weekly report on the results of observation: October 20-25

28.10.2019 Parliamentary elections 2019: Analytical weekly report on the results of observation: October 20-25

Registered candidates have been engaged in election campaigning, but the process is not always visible for the public; pro-government candidates mainly speak to the voters at meetings organized on the premises of businesses and state-owned institutions; administrative resources have been used for this purpose.

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