Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko demanded equal terms for all parliamentary candidates at the Minsk conference on the upcoming election.
All the candidates must have equal access to the media, so that they could not accuse us of creating preferential terms for some candidates and unfavorable terms for others. The so-called opposition is waiting for the authorities to harass them because they can't win. They will have to explain their failure to sponsors. People will vote them down. So, create terms equal for everyone, he said.
The election campaign must be very transparent and democratic, the president said. The election must strictly comply with the Belarusian constitution and laws, he said.
Minsk hopes that CIS and OSCE election observers will evaluate fairly the upcoming Belarusian parliament election, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry told Interfax on Thursday.
We hope that reports of international election observers will be fair and based on facts, the ministry said.
In contrast to certain Western member countries of the OSCE, Belarus has legalized broad rights of international election observers, the ministry said.
At the same time, they [observers] have certain responsibilities and we hope they [responsibilities] will be honored. First of all, it is the question of non-interference in the election process and the strict compliance with national laws, the ministry said.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has sent official invitations to election observers of the CIS Executive Committee and the OSCE/ODIHR.
Also, invitations have been sent to the Parliamentary Assemblies of the CIS and the OSCE.
Belarus will elect members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly on September 28, 2008.