Disinfo: USA doesn't allow OSCE to observe its elections

Summary

Americans form a significant part of the OSCE team. They love to observe other countries but do not allow this mission to observe their own country.

The OSCE is a wonderful organisation, neither present in America nor in Belarus, but what different conclusions!

Disproof

Disinformation about the 2020 US Presidential Election.

The OSCE international election observation mission for the general elections in the United States totalled 102 observers from 39 countries, made up of 50 ODIHR-deployed experts and observers, and 52 parliamentarians and staff from the OSCE PA.

In fact, the OSCE has sent observers for every US presidential election since 2002. Some 100 observers from the OSCE’s parliamentary assembly and office of democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) were deployed around the US to watch the 2020 election. As can be seen in the same link above, eighteen of the US states routinely denied access to OSCE observers, because the presence of international observers is against their local laws. This means that OSCE teams monitored the electoral process in at least 33 states this year.

Finally, the OSCE observation mission concluded that the 3 November general elections were competitive and well managed despite the many challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Belarus, the lack of timely invitation from the state authorities precluded ODIHR from observing the elections. Six or seven weeks of preparations are needed to prepare an independent and reliable observance mission.

Read other disinfo cases about US Presidential Elections in our database claiming that "About two million of dead people voted for Biden", "2020 US Presidential election was the dirtiest in history".

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  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Belarus
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, OSCE, Elections
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Disproof

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