On Monday morning, the chairman of the Central Election Commission said, citing reports from the election districts, that 109 of 110 races were decided; the Belarusian opposition failed to win any parliamentary seats in voting on Sunday. Chairman Lidia Yermoshina said, “It’s doubtful that any [opposition candidates] won. None of the districts said anything about that”. She added that, at present, she’d only seen a list of the names of the winning candidates, but that winners were determined for 109 out of 110 districts. She noted that the vote in one district was insufficient to determine a winner and the authorities will hold another election. Yermoshina stated that voter turnout was 74.3 percent overall. The highest turnout, 80 percent, was in Vitebsk Oblast and the lowest, 60 percent, was in Minsk. Yermoshina also declared that the commission received 110 complaints.
Valery Shnyakin, the head of a delegation of election observers from the RF Federation Council told RIA-Novosti on Monday morning, “There were no serious violations in the voting. There are no complaints that could be serious enough to affect the outcome of the vote”. The Central Election Commission declared the election valid at 15.00 local time, after more than 50 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots. Meanwhile, members of five opposition groups and parties denounced the vote as opaque and undemocratic, citing interference in the electoral process by the authorities. The Central Election Commission countered by saying the opposition had resolved long before the election to pursue a course aimed at discrediting the vote in order to pander to a Western audience.
24 September 2012
The USA bitches and moans about Byelorussia… I say, “The turnout for the US presidential election‘s considered good at 60 percent”. More Byelorussians voted than not (about a quarter did stay home… most were apolitical, not boycotting)… yet, the USA is a paragon of democracy and Byelorussia’s a shit pit of dictatorship. Most ordinary Byelorussians are content… as one told me, “Byelorussia’s not for sale, and Aleksandr Grigoryevich will see to that”. That’s the REAL reason for the Western caterwauling. It’s STILL the “People’s State”… and the Affluent Effluent sludge doesn’t like that. Fancy that…