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Member of the Riksdag Kent Härstedt leads election monitoring mission in Belarus

Published: 26 July 2016 at 11.19

Member of the Riksdag Kent Härstedt (Social Democratic Party) has been appointed Special Coordinator for the OSCE's election monitoring of the parliamentary elections in Belarus on 11 September. The appointment has been made by Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), is an organisation for security policy dialogue and cooperation in Europe. The chairmanship of the OSCE rotates between the 57 participating states, and during the current six-month period, German holds the chairmanship. An important task for the organisation is to monitor parliamentary elections in various countries, and this is often done in new democracies in the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe and in Central Asia, but also in the USA.

Kent Härstedt (Social Democratic Party) is Chair of the Swedish delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. He has previously led the Swedish delegation on numerous election monitoring missions, but this time he has been appointed Special Coordinator for the parliamentary elections in Belarus in September. The assignment means that Kent Härstedt will lead the entire organisation's election monitoring of the parliamentary elections in Belarus.

About the OSCE delegation

Kent Härstedt, right, checks a ballot box in Minsk in October 2015. Belarus held a presidential election then. In the autumn of 2016, Härstedt will return to lead the OSCE's election monitoring mission of the parliamentary election in the same country.

Two election monitors check ballot boxes. Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / TT