On 1 and 2 June 2021, we held the international conference on "Democratic Elections for Resolution of Crisis in Belarus".
Our purpose was to bring together Belarusian and international experts on elections to discuss ideas for holding early elections as a means to ending the political crisis in Belarus.
In spring 2021, almost 800,000 Belarusian citizens took part in an online survey to express their support for negotiations leading to early elections and several international actors have supported the idea of resolving the crisis through an election.
Our speakers considered ways to establish a dialogue between the society and the current authorities of Belarus to create conditions for early elections. This includes ways to hold such elections and achieve the long-term goal – fundamental electoral reform in Belarus, including the adoption of a new electoral code. More information about the conference can be found in the programme available here.
The working languages of the conference were Belarusian, Russian and English.
The event was streamed live in Russian on Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's official YouTube channel. Watch the English recordings below.
The conference was organised jointly by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), International IDEA, and DRI.
Photo Credit: Homoatrox - Protest rally against Lukashenko, 20 September 2020. Minsk, Belarus