OSCE/ODIHR representatives have the opportunity to monitor various stages of the electoral campaign. They believe that signature collection has been organised calmly and in a business-like manner, while candidates’ registration has been very efficient, with 10 out of 11 registered. The representatives of the mission are devoting great attention to work with the media. “On the one hand, we believe that all candidates have been given the opportunity to speak on TV in a live broadcast. On the other hand, the current Head of State receives much more attention from the media, compared to other candidates. However, unlike those from the opposition, we believe that this is normal and natural; the same situation exists in other European states,” notes Mr. Ahrens.
“It should be mentioned that, on the whole, the electoral campaign in Belarus is progressing quietly and without serious incidents,” asserts the Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission.