Parliamentary election in Belarus did not show respect for democracy, international observers said on 18 November, after the opposition to President Alexander Lukashenko failed to win a single seat.

“These elections have demonstrated an overall lack of respect for democratic commitments”, said Margareta Cederfelt, leader of the observer mission of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

According to the European Union, the vote was “a lost opportunity to conduct elections fully in line with international standards”.

“A number of key OSCE/ODIHR and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission recommendations remain unaddressed. In view of the presidential elections of 2020, it is crucial the Belarusian authorities resume work on comprehensive electoral reform without delay. This will also be key for achieving the full potential of EU-Belarus relations, building on the positive cooperation of the last three years”, the EU stated, underlining that it is “committed to supporting a stable, democratic, sovereign and prosperous future of the country”.