The Right of Choice coalition of democratic organizations announced in Minsk on October 5 that it is sending 1,697 trained observers to monitor the presidential election in Belarus at 741 polling stations throughout the country.
«Our monitoring will cover more than 100 localities, including Minsk, all provincial centers, the majority of district centers and some settlements in the countryside,» Dzyanis Sadouski, a coordinator of the Right of Choice group, told RFE/RL’s Belarus Service.
Sadouski emphasized that the observers will focus their attention primarily on voter turnout and vote counts.
The five-day early voting period in Minsk is from October 6 through October 10. Incumbent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is being challenged in his post by three contenders: Tatsyana Karatkevich, Syarhey Haydukevich and Mikalay Ulakhovich.