NewsUS condemns 'sham' parliamentary elections in Belarus as undemocratic amid fear and repression

US condemns 'sham' parliamentary elections in Belarus as undemocratic amid fear and repression

A handout picture made available by Belarusian Presidential Press Service shows Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko casting his ballot during the Belarusian parliamentary elections at a polling station in Minsk, Belarus, 25 February 2024. Belarus holds its parliamentary election on 25 February, the first single voting day in the country's history, to elect 110 deputies to the lower house of parliament (House of Representatives) and about 12,000 representatives of local councils. EPA/BELARUSIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
A handout picture made available by Belarusian Presidential Press Service shows Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko casting his ballot during the Belarusian parliamentary elections at a polling station in Minsk, Belarus, 25 February 2024. Belarus holds its parliamentary election on 25 February, the first single voting day in the country's history, to elect 110 deputies to the lower house of parliament (House of Representatives) and about 12,000 representatives of local councils. EPA/BELARUSIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
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3:23 AM EST, February 26, 2024

The main voting day in Belarus, which was Sunday, was designated for both parliamentary elections and local authorities. Early voting also preceded this. The elections were held without the participation of opposition candidates or independent observers, under an atmosphere of repression and absolute control of security structures.

"The United States condemns the sham parliamentary and local elections conducted by the Lukashenko regime, which concluded this Sunday," said the statement from the US foreign affairs agency.

US reacts to Belarus elections

The US authorities pointed out that over 1400 political prisoners are being held by the Belarusian regime, stating that all independent political activists have either been arrested or expelled.

"The authorities denied all political parties registration. Belarusians living abroad could only vote in Minsk, where they would likely face repression," stated the US State Department. It added that these abuses have effectively thwarted real political activity.

The statement also highlighted that the OSCE was denied the opportunity to observe the elections. The US State Department has once again urged the Belarusian authorities to cease the repression, release the political prisoners, and initiate a dialogue with political opponents.

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