International observers say Trump’s election claims “harm public trust”

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A of international observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has called Trump’s claims of voting irregularities “baseless” and says they “harm trust in democratic institutions.”

The organization — of which the United States is a member — complimented the voting itself, calling it “competitive and well managed despite uncertainties and logistical challenges,” according to a preliminary report released on Thursday.

Despite the various compliments, the OSCE said “late challenges and evidence-deficient claims about election fraud created confusion and concern among election officials and voters.”

It also criticized Trump’s claims of irregularities in the vote.

“ Baseless allegations of systematic deficiencies, notably by the incumbent president, including on election night, harm trust in democratic institutions,” it said.
The OSCE praised the arrangements put in place by election officials across the country contributed to a higher turnout “despite challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic,” rejecting Trump’s criticism of the postal voting system.

“Despite numerous statements by the incumbent over the integrity of postal voting, the number and scale of alleged and reported cases of fraud associated to absentee ballots remained negligible,” it said.

About the group: The OSCE sent a of 102 observers to oversee the voting process in the United States, at the invitation of the US authorities. It will publish a final assessment after the conclusion of the electoral process.