2 Oct 2019 11:58

First election monitors from OSCE ODIHR to arrive in Belarus on Oct 7

MINSK. Oct 2 (Interfax) - The first group of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) monitors of the parliamentary elections in Belarus will arrive in the country at the beginning of next week.

"They have sent us four files from the OSCE, of the first group of monitors, which is expected to arrive on October 7," Belarusian Central Elections Commission (CEC) Chairperson Lidiya Yermoshina told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday.

It is not currently known how many OSCE monitors will arrive, she said. "I think they will tell us a tentative number when we meet with this group next week," she said.

The election campaign is generally calm and is proceeding without violations, Yermoshina said.

The OSCE ODIHR said in late September that it was preparing to send a mission to Belarus to monitor the parliamentary elections.

The election of deputies of the House of Representatives will be held on November 17 and members of the Council of the Republic will be elected on November 7, 2019.