22 January 2018, Monday, 23:22

“Elections” boycott is verdict for authorities


More than half of voters ignored Lukashenka's farce.

The opposition launches a campaign to inform people about “the true results of the election”. This statement was made at a press conference given in Minsk by representatives of seven opposiiton organizations on September 25.

The campaign will be conducted by the United Civil Party (UCP), Young Front international NGO (the Czech Republic), organizing committees to create Belarusian Christian Democracy party (BCD) and Belarusian Movement, Independent Trade Union  of Electronic Industry Workers, the Council of Belarusian Intellectuals and European Belarus civil campaign, BelaPAN reports.

“It cannot be considered 'elections'. It was the sham elections to the pseudo parliament,” UCP leader Anatol Lyabedzka said. He reminded that representatives of the UCP and other democratic organizations took active part  in observation at polling stations and became members of election commissions.

The politician says different networks of observers counted turnout at more than 1300 polling stations. “Even sociologists consider a sample of 1500 people to be representative,” he noted.

Vital Rymasheuski, a co-head of the organizing committee to create BCD party, said, for his part, that the data gathered by all observation campaigns “don't differ much”.

“The campaign 'For Fair Elections', the campaign 'Human Rights Activists for Free Elections', BCD observers and independent observes, all have practically the same figures. The difference is only one or two percents. These campaigns didn't coordinate their actions. The fact that statistics is almost the same gives us the ground to say that 'elections' in Minsk and big cities were invalid,” Rymasheuski said.

Participants of the press conference admitted there were no independent observers at rural polling stations. Viktar Ivashkevich, the leader of the organizing committee to create Belarusian Movement, noted that the results of the latest census show 75% of Belarusians live in urban areas. “Belarus is not a country of farms and villages any more. So we can say that data of our observation reflect the position of majority,” Ivashkevich noted.