As many as 89 international observers and 991 domestic observers had been accredited as of August 20 to monitor the parliamentary elections to be held in Belarus in late September, according to the website of the central election commission.
Among the international observers there were 73 representatives of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including seven representatives of the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly; 12 representatives of the OCSE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR); three representatives of the central election commission of Russia; and one representative of the central election commission of Moldova.
The domestic observers included 590 observers accredited with precinct election commissions, 395 with district election commissions and six with the central election commission. Seventy-six observers had been nominated through the collection of voter signatures, 33 by “workers’ collectives,” and 54 by political parties.
As many as 828 observers had been nominated by non-governmental organizations, including 305 by Belaya Rus, 104 by the Belarusian Veterans’ Association, 104 by the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus, and 100 by the Belarusian National Youth Union.