On January 11, a group of 35 Belarusian election observers observed presidential elections in the Czech Republic. The mission brought together members of Belarusian NGOs and political parties, EHU students and EHU faculty as part of the Election Observation: Theory and Practice project.
On January 11-12, Czechs voted for their country's head of the state directly for the first time. Eight candidates ran for the presidency in the first round.
The Election Observation: Theory and Practice project observers closely monitored the voting process and vote counting in accordance with national and international standards.
The observers visited nearly 200 polling stations in various parts of the country. A preliminary as well as final report on the election observation results will be prepared, which will reflect whether the election procedures complied with both Czech national law and international standards.
The Election Observation: Theory and Practice project offers young Belarusians an opportunity to get an inside look at the election process, to learn from the experience of independent observers and to gain practical skills via actual observation of elections in various countries, including Belarus. More than one hundred observers have monitored elections in Belarus over the past several years as part of the project, which is jointly implemented by EHU, Belarusian Human Rights House, and Belarus Watch.