EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said there was "a blatant lack of democratic pluralism" in the elections on January 14, and that they had failed to give Belarusian voters a genuine choice.
Results from the elections to some 1,500 local councils are due later today.
Belarus's main opposition leader, Alyaksandr Milinkevich, said they were being held "under colossal pressure from the authorities" and would be falsified.
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