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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Observers denounce 6 May 2010 general election

Observers denounce 6 May 2010 general election

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights



"In anticipation of an invitation from the authorities of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to observe the 2010 general election and in line with its standard methodology, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)undertook a Needs Assessment Mission (NAM) from 19 to 22 January 2010.
The purpose of the OSCE/ODIHR NAM was to assess the pre-electoral environment and the
preparations for the elections, and to make recommendations regarding a possible
OSCE/ODIHR activity for this election. The OSCE/ODIHR NAM included Mr. Konrad
Olszewski, Deputy Head of Election Department, and Ms. Tatyana Bogussevich,
OSCE/ODIHR Election Adviser".

"The disenfranchisement of prisoners, which the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)
ruled in 2005 was disproportionate and incompatible with the right to participate in elections, is an issue under consideration by the government.6 The MoJ completed public consultations on the matter; however, changes are unlikely to be introduced before the general election. In an Interim Resolution of 3 December 2009, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe expressed serious concern with regard to the substantial delay in implementing the ECHR judgment and urged that corresponding measures be rapidly introduced.7 According to OSCE/ODIHR NAM interlocutors, some 63,000 potential voters are affected".

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