US diplomats want to monitor 2018 local elections in Belarus

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US diplomats want to monitor 2018 local elections in Belarus

Diplomats from the United States accredited in Belarus expressed a desire to participate in the monitoring of the February local elections. On January 16 it became known at a meeting of the Central Election Commission of Belarus.

In total, there are nine employees of the American Embassy.

As head of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina underlined, they can conduct short-term observation, work at meetings of any election commissions, and also be present until the end of vote counting. Long-term international missions, however, usually work in Belarus during presidential and parliamentary campaigns.

It was also said the cost of preparing and holding local elections was reduced by 10%. Instead of 21 million rubles the cost is now almost 19.5 million (about $10 million).

Lidia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus:
We tried to work with this budget so that the main participants of this process - those who organize the elections at the lowest level, namely the precinct election commissions - suffer least.

The salary of the members of precinct commissions on the day of elections was decreased only by about 2-3 rubles ($1.5). We reduced what was allocated for travel expenses, transportation, and printing costs.

The local elections in Belarus will be held on February 18. About 22,000 people claim 18,000 mandates.