ODIHR is waiting for the invitation to observe the elections of the President of Belarus

Office for democratic institutions and human rights OSCE (ODIHR) waiting for an invitation from the Belarusian authorities to observe elections of the President of the Republic, told RIA Novosti in the Warsaw office of the Organization.

Presidential elections will be held in Belarus on 9 August. In the political campaigns 19 of the June 13 presidential candidates in getting signatures for his nomination candidates. At least for registration is 100 thousand valid signatures. The decision on registration of candidates will be taken by the CEC.

"The ODIHR in Belarus, there is no one who could watch the current events because we are still waiting for invitations from the authorities, which would allow us to prepare well for the monitoring of all aspects of the elections," - said RIA Novosti in the ODIHR.

CEC Chairman of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina said earlier that invitation of foreign observers will be allocated after the registration of presidential candidates. This stage of the election campaign is completed in the Republic on 14 July. Yermoshina expressed hope that this time will improve the epidemiological situation.

This election campaign in Belarus before registration of presidential candidates is already characterized the criminal prosecution of some of the candidates for the presidency.

So, on Thursday in Minsk, was detained one of them – Victor Babariko, who has long led the BGB. Previously the head office of Belagroprombank in Minsk were searched. The state control Committee stated that on the basis of the BGB acted organized criminal group, the conclusion of money abroad. Babariko said earlier that the authorities ' actions are politically motivated nature. On Wednesday, the staff of the policy said that the account of the electoral Fund of Babariko was blocked.

Informed because of the arrest failed to register his initiative group videobloger Sergei tikhanovski. He and at least nine other associates were detained on criminal charges under article "the organization and preparation of activities that breach public order" because of the incident at a campaign rally in Grodno, where he was a scuffle with two police officers.

Later the human rights center "Viasna" reported that in respect of Tikhanovski was one more criminal case under article 191 of the criminal code of Byelorussia (obstruction of realization of election rights of citizens, the work of the CEC and election commissions for the election).