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Observers allowed to attend Supreme Court hearings on candidate registration refusal

MINSK, 31 August (BelTA) – International observers from the CIS and the OSCE/ODIHR will be able to attend the Supreme Court hearings on complaints of candidate registration refusal, Chairman of the Supreme Court of Belarus Valentin Sukalo said as he met with international observers deployed to monitor the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Belarusian TV channels informed on 30 August.

Valentin Sukalo assured that observers will be able to attend the court hearings and receive copies of judicial decisions.

“We do not see any problem giving these documents. This is not classified information, therefore copies of judicial decisions and some summary data will be provided upon request after the conclusion of hearings on all the complaints.

After the meeting with Valentin Sukalo, chief of the staff of the CIS mission Yevgeny Sloboda noted that he received exhaustive answers to all questions: “We are glad we have received explanation of how the judicial system will work on the eve of the election day and on the election day. In our view, everything is done to conduct the election campaign in line with the electoral law,” Yevgeny Sloboda said.

Head of the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission Antonio Milososki noted that the OSCE/ODIHR observers were also satisfied with the results of the meeting. “We needed to know the role of the Supreme Court in processing complaints, in particular, complaints of the refusal to register candidates”. The western observers were interested in the very process and procedure of decision making.

BelTA informed earlier that the CIS mission will include over 30 long-term and 300-350 short-term observers. The CIS experts will work at all the 110 electoral districts of Belarus on the election day.

The OSCE/ODIHR will include 36 long-term and 270 short-term observers from about 20 countries.