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Presidential elections in Belarus 2001 -- observer mission of the I.P.O.

Vienna, 31 August 2001/P/RE/17282c-is

The President of the International Progress Organization, Professor Dr. Hans Koechler, will visit the Republic of Belarus from 7 to 10 September 2001 in order to observe that country's presidential elections on 9 September 2001. He will carry out his mandate on the basis of the regulations for international election observers as established in the Electoral Code of the Republic of Belarus.

As of 27 August 2001, the Central Election Commission of Belarus has accredited 265 international election observers. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Warsaw-based Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), an institution attached to the OSCE, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials (ACEEEO), among others, will send observer delegations. The OSCE Advisory and Monitoring Group in Belarus is regularly observing the democratic process in Belarus.

Four candidates compete for the office of head of state: Mr. Semyon Domash; Mr. Sergei Gaidukevich, Chairman of the Liberal-Democratic Party; Mr. Vladimir Goncharik, Chairman of the Trade Unions of Belarus; and the President-in-office, Mr. Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The I.P.O. observed last year's parliamentary elections in Belarus (see the I.P.O. monitoring report).


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