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Belarusian opposition to be represented in new parliament — Central Election Commission

September 12, 2016, 3:16 UTC+3

Central Election Commission chairwoman Lidiya Yermoshina said representative of the United Civil Party Anna Konopatskaya won in one of Minsk’s districts

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MINSK, September 12. /TASS/. Opposition representatives will be included in the newly-elected Belarusian parliament, Lidiya Yermoshina, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC), told a press conference on Monday.

Yermoshina said she does not know the final results of the election yet but noted that "representative of the United Civil Party Anna Konopatskaya won in one of Minsk’s districts." Konopatskaya is a lawyer and entrepreneur. The United Civil Party is one of the biggest parties in Belarus. According to CEC’s preliminary information, the new parliament will also include representatives of the Communist Party, Belarusian Patriotic Party, Republican Party of Labor and Justice.

Voting results from three Belarusian regions have already been sent to the Central Election Commission, while remaining results are expected by morning.

As many as 484 candidates are vying for 110 seats in the lower parliament house. The country’s eligible electorate includes seven million voters. According to preliminary reports, the voter turnout at parliamentary election in Belarus reached 74.32%

Heads of international observer missions will present on Monday in Minsk their preliminary assessments of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Belarus.

According to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, many international observers came to monitor еру election. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was represented by 333 experts, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) - by 341, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (PA OSCE) - by 39 observers, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) - by 19, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) - by 9 observers. Moreover, 65 diplomats and 14 members of foreign election commissions were accredited as observers at the parliamentary elections.

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