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11.07.2008

Parliamentary Elections in Belarus Should Be as Open, Democratic and Transparent as Possible

At the meeting on urgent issues of parliamentary elections holding Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, stated that the principles of absolute legislation observance as well as maintenance of order and socio-political stability in the society should be assumed as a basis.

At the meeting on urgent issues of parliamentary elections holding Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, stated that the principles of absolute legislation observance as well as maintenance of order and socio-political stability in the society should be assumed as a basis.

All the necessary documents defining the procedure of election campaign to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly have been adopted and meet international standards. Moreover, the elections are already scheduled for the 28th September 2008.

The President stressed that parliamentary elections should be held as provided by the Constitution and Belarusian laws, which, according to him, are democratic and transparent, indeed.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that it is Belarusian nation that will determine who is to work in the Parliament. That is why the elections should be held without watching the reaction of the East or the West.

Alexander Lukashenko laid stress on the necessity of free access to voters that candidates should have.

Alexander Lukashenko also paid attention to the fact that the coordinating authority responsible for holding elections is the Central Election Committee (CEC) so no one can interfere in its work – neither the President's Administration not the Government. At the same time the access to CEC information is free for all persons interested: both parties and other structures including so-called opposition ones as well as ordinary people.

According to the Head of State, no one will interfere in the work of international monitors provided they observe Belarusian legislation.

During the meeting all the questions concerning elections’ organization and holding were given careful consideration. In addition, some participants were charged with concrete assignments.

According to the press service of the President of Belarus