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Urgent need for electoral reform in Belarus

Recommendation 2200 (2021)

Parliamentary Assembly
Assembly debate on 21 April 2021 (12th sitting) (see Doc. 15253, report of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy, rapporteur: Lord David Blencathra). Text adopted by the Assembly on 21 April 2021 (12th sitting).
1. The Parliamentary Assembly refers to its Resolution 2371 (2021) “Urgent need for electoral reform in Belarus”. It invites the Committee of Ministers to:
1.1 continue to closely follow the situation in Belarus;
1.2 adopt measures to complement the Council of Europe Action Plan for Belarus 2019-2021 with targeted action of primary importance for constructing transparent and democratic institutions in Belarus, including an electoral reform, with a view to bringing the electoral legislation into line with relevant European and international standards, with the involvement of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and the Assembly;
1.3 implement the above-mentioned measures as soon as it becomes feasible, following a clear commitment by the Belarusian authorities to engage in a democratic transition process.