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MINSK, August 8. /TASS/. The Belarusian Central Election Commission (CEC) has accredited 243 international observers to the parliamentary election scheduled for September 11.
"In total, 243 international observers were accredited as of today, including 183 from the CIS mission, and 51 from the mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights," CEC said on Monday.
Two observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and seven representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) were also accredited, CEC added.
Long-term observers from CIS and OSCE ODIHR are currently monitoring the election campaign in Belarus. A preliminary PACE mission of five people is expected to arrive in Minsk on August 9 to assess the election process and political climate ahead of the parliamentary election. Tana de Zulueta, Head of the ODIHR election observation mission, said earlier that representatives of PA OSCE and PACE will join the short-term observation mission.
The elections to the lower house of the Belarusian parliament will be held on September 11. A total of 630 candidates will compete for 110 seats in the (House of Representatives).