After the election, they published a preliminary report on their observation.

On their website, human rights activists used the word "elections" with an asterisk in relation to this year's campaign.

They explained that "The term 'election*' in relation to the 2024 election campaign is used with an asterisk to emphasize the conditional nature of the term, as any free and fair election campaign involves all conditions under which rights and freedoms are fully exercised, including including freedom of speech, freedom of peace.

assemblies and associations, the right to participate in the management of one's state, freedom from discrimination, which are now practically absent in Belarus."

In a previous report, human rights activists noted that the elections*2024 in Belarus were held under conditions of continuous repression;

in conditions of actual absence of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association;

in an atmosphere of total fear and in a cleared political field.

The report states that repression continues in Belarus against any manifestations of what the authorities perceive as political activism;

independent media and hundreds of civil society organizations, including all human rights organizations, were eliminated.

"Human rights defenders for free elections" remind that after the re-registration, 4 political parties out of 16 remained in the country, all opposition parties were liquidated, and their members cannot carry out party activities under the threat of criminal prosecution under Article 193-1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, which was returned to criminal law in early 2022.

"The monitoring of all stages of the election campaign carried out by the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" allows us to conclude that the elections* of deputies of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the eighth convocation and local Councils of Deputies of the twenty-ninth convocation did not meet international standards for holding democratic and free elections, and were also accompanied by numerous violations legislation of the Republic of Belarus," the report says.

Independent observation emphasizes that all stages of the election process were not simply controlled by the authorities administratively, but were organized by them to maintain power, simulate popular support and consensus in society.

The following are noted as manifestations of this:

  • non-transparent formation of election commissions;

  • lists of people nominated as candidates and registered candidates approved by the ruling "vertical";

  • campaigning that imitates political activism, but the events and their media coverage were built around general appeals to come and vote;

  • continuation of the practice of forcing voters to participate in early voting;

    an atmosphere of intimidation with bans on taking pictures and taking out ballots,

  • rhetoric about "plans of extremists" and by police officers at all polling stations;

  • opaque vote counting procedure;

  • complete absence of independent observers.

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