Belarusian Parliamentary elections will take place on 17 November 2019 and during the formation of district and precinct election commissions (DECs and PECs) it has been observed that the absence of legal guarantees for the representation of all political actors on the election commissions has resulted in discriminatory treatment towards opposition parties. E.g. out of 495 nominees to the PECs, 21 come from opposition parties.
Administrative resources were actively used by current deputies taking part in official events, which was justified by the district election commissions. This created unequal conditions for other candidates.
Belarusian authorities have not abandoned the repressive practices against their political opponents: peaceful protesters are still subjected to administrative liability, other civil and political rights are restricted, the country has new political prisoners.
The conditions for campaigning were improved as compared to the previous elections. However, the candidates were not provided with equal rights; pro-government candidates enjoyed better conditions for campaigning...
The topic of the event is the increasing political, legal and administrative pressure against independent citizens' observers in OSCE countries. Examples from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Belarus will be discussed.