Findings of Election Observation: Theory and Practice (EOTP) project poll-watchers

Having observed both the early voting and the election day of the parliamentary elections in Belarus, the project participants noted facts of psychological pressure on independent observers, cases of them being groundlessly expelled from polling stations, attempts of almost twofold over-estimation of turnout and a lack of transparent

The «Election Observation: Theory and Practice» (EOTP) project would like to invite you to the presentation of Belarusian poll-watching findings

The presentation will cover the results provided by (1) the short-term election observation mission of the EOTP, (2) crowd-sourcing project for monitoring of parliamentary elections electby.org, (3) campaigns «For Fair Elections’2012» and (4) «Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections».

Several worth-attention cases noted by the «Election Observation: Theory and Practice» observers on Belarusian Parliamentary Elections, September 21 2012

The fourth day of early voting was marked by the reports of threats to the students who refuse to vote early. Moreover, students declared the fact of the pressure publicly in presence of members of election commissions and observers.

Several cases of deviations noted by the «Election Observation: Theory and Practice» observers on Belarusian Parliamentary Elections, September 20 2012.

The third day of the early voting was marked by the elevated figures of voters at the polling stations. For example, the observers registered the increase of turnout by 5 times compared to the figures noted by the observers at one polling station and by 2 times — at another one.

Several cases of deviations noted by the «Election observation: Theory and Practice» observers on Belarusian parliamentary elections, September 19 2012

The second day of the early voting was marked by the queues of the students at the polling stations and several facts of pressure on people to vote early.

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