After seeing some of his tweets reported, Donald Trump has just been slapped on the fingers again for his comments on the presidential results. International OSCE observers harshly criticized Wednesday the White House tenant’s “unfounded allegations” of poll fraud, stressing that they “weakened public confidence in democratic institutions”.
“No one – no politician, no elected official – should limit the right to vote of the population,” said German MP Michael Georg Link, coordinator of the observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe responsible for monitoring the election. . “After such a tense campaign, making sure every vote is counted is a fundamental obligation for all branches of government,” he added. The OSCE mission concluded that “the November 3 election was efficient and well managed despite the many challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic”. But she adds that “the electoral campaign was characterized by deep divisions which sometimes hampered political debate and included unfounded allegations of systematic fraud.”
A premature claim
While the results were falling overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, Donald Trump prematurely claimed his “big victory” in the US presidential election, accusing the Democrats of trying to “steal” it by casting votes after the shutdown of the ballot. “These statements by a president running for re-election undermine public confidence in state institutions and have been seen by many as an increased risk of political violence after the election,” the organization added in a preliminary report.
With its 57 members, including the United States, Russia, Turkey and all the countries of Europe, the OSCE is one of the rare forums for dialogue between the West and the former Soviet countries. In addition to her electoral monitoring missions, she was notably in charge of a mission in the conflict in Ukraine.