US election 2020: International observers clears air as Trump makes claims
US election 2020: International observers clears air as Trump makes claims

International observers have confirmed their stance on Tuesday’s presidential election in the United States of America, addressing President Donald Trump’s claim of electoral fraud.

President Trump’s campaign yesterday announced that he would seek a recount of votes in Wisconsin, and that he would “immediately do so.”

Yesterday, the incumbent raised alarm at various stages, claiming electoral fraud and threatening litigation.

But the observers insist that the election was tough and competitive with a high level of commitment on the part of election staff and people.

They noted that people fought hard “in the face of great legal uncertainty and a deeply divided political climate fuelled by aggressive campaign rhetoric.”

The monitoring was carried out jointly by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Legislative Assembly (OSCE PA).

There are 102 international election observers for the US general elections from 39 countries. They include 50 ODIHR-deployed experts and observers, and 52 parliamentarians and staff from the OSCE PA.

According to them, the elections were well managed despite the numerous challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Georg Link, Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission, said in a statement on Thursday, “Nobody – no politician, no elected official – should limit the people’s right to vote.

“Coming after such a highly dynamic campaign, making sure that every vote is counted is a fundamental obligation for all branches of government.

“Baseless allegations of systematic deficiencies, notably by the incumbent President, including on election night, harm public trust in democratic institutions.”

Kari Henriksen, Head of the OSCE PA delegation, added, “The right to vote and to have that vote counted is among the most fundamental principles of democracy.

“While the United States has taken great strides toward expanding the franchise, concerns remain regarding universal adult suffrage.

“Women’s participation in politics has also increased, but there should be greater attention paid to this. In the context of COVID-19 and the rise in mail-in voting, I am concerned about attempts to restrict the counting of legally cast ballots.”

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