Presidential elections in Belarus ended on Sunday, demonstrating a high turnout of 79%. After the announcement of first data of exit poll, according to which incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko wins, gaining 79.7% of the votes, the situation escalated: the voters at the call of the opposition began to gather at polling stations to "control the vote count" in some cities, arrests started, police began to disperse the protesters.
Voters could vote for one of five candidates for the presidency: it is the co-Chairman of public Association "Tell the truth" Andrey Dmitriev, ex-Deputy Anna Konopacka, the acting head of state Alexander Lukashenko, a housewife of svetalana Tikhanovski, the Chairman of the party "Belarusian social-democratic Gramada" Sergey Cerecer. At the same time Belarusians would vote against all candidates.
The main day of voting in the presidential elections in Belarus will be held on Sunday.
At the highest state post claimed five candidates, including 26 years has been the head of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko, for which this is the sixth presidential race. The competition make him two men – representatives of opposition organizations and two women.
Urgent meeting with candidates presidents of Belarus takes place in the country's Central election Commission, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.
On Wednesday, the candidate in presidents of Belarus, Chairman of the social democratic "Hramada" Sergey Caraceni told RIA Novosti that the CEC of the Republic urgently gathering on Thursday at a meeting of candidates for the highest post of the country. About the reasons for meetings not reported.
The candidate in presidents of Belarus, Chairman of the social democratic "Hramada" Sergey Caraceni reported that the CEC of the Republic urgently gathering on Thursday at a meeting of candidates for the highest post of the country.
"I called (from the CEC – ed.) in the evening, announced that Lydia (the head of the CEC – ed.) have set the goal to have all candidates at a meeting tomorrow," - said RIA Novosti candidate. He noted that he has not explained in what is the purpose of the meeting.
The incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, who is running for a sixth term, ready to support 72,3% of the citizens of the Republic, according to data conducted by the analytical center Ecoom poll.
A public opinion poll "about the electoral moods and preferences of citizens" was held by order of the Belarusian ONT TV channel, results posted Tuesday on its website. The study was conducted from 23 to 27 July 2020 by telephone survey. The Republican sample size is 1879 of respondents, the statistical error does not exceed 2.5-4%. In the previous poll conducted by the Ecoom July 10-13, also in the order of ONT, it was reported that Lukashenko in the elections are ready to vote for 69,4% of the population.
The electoral race in Belarus is coming to a climax in the country in full swing campaigning, primary election day scheduled for 9 August. Presidential candidates was five people, and each of them his vision of the development of relations with Russia and the West in the event of coming to power.
The five candidates, in particular, included the current Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, who is running for a sixth term, former Deputy of lower house of Parliament Anna Konopacka, co-Chairman of public Association "Tell the truth" Andrey Dmitriev, Chairman of the Belarusian social democratic party "Hramada" Sergey Caraceni and unemployed Svetlana Tikhanovski, the wife of popular videoblogger Sergei Tikhanovski, who is in custody in criminal cases.
The candidate on a post of the President of Belarus Anna Konopacky said that her and her children and confidants in the current election campaign received threats.
"Met with the leadership of the staff and the Trustees. Discussed two important issue. The first is how to conduct election campaigning under the circumstances. All agreed that given the threats that arrive in my address to the address of my children and confidants, the decision to refuse carrying out of pickets was right," wrote Konopacka Sunday on his page on Facebook.
The incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in 2019 earned 117 thousand Belarusian rubles, or more than 48 thousand of dollars of real estate and shares in property he has not, follows from the Declaration of income and property of the head of the Republic.
On Wednesday in the printed edition of the newspaper "SB. Belarus today" has published the income Declaration of the five candidates for the presidency of the Republic. Presidential elections in Belarus will be held on 9 August.
In Belarus launched the campaign — less than a month before the presidential election. Five candidates joined the fight, but the two main rivals of "father" — the banker Victor Babariko and diplomat Valery Tsepkalo — never registered. Who will compete with Alexander Lukashenko and if they have a chance to win, dealt RIA Novosti.
Elections will be held on August 9, but the final list was only in mid-July. Fifteen of initiative groups nominated candidates, the Central election Commission approved only five.
Five candidates admitted to the election of the President of Belarus, which will take place on 9 August, these are the results of the meeting of the CEC of the Republic, held on Tuesday.
Thus, the presidential race will be attended by the acting head of state Alexander Lukashenko, who is running for a sixth term, former Deputy of lower chamber of Parliament of Belarus Anna Konopacka, co-Chairman of public Association "Tell the truth" Andrey Dmitriev, Chairman of the Belarusian social-democratic "Hramada" Sergey Caraceni and unemployed Svetlana Tikhanovski, going to the polls instead of her husband of opposition blogger Sergei Tikhanovski.
Svetlana Tikhanovski, which the Central election Commission of Belarus has registered the candidate on a post of the President of the Republic, scarcely has the chances of electoral success and can not become a center of consolidation of the opposition in the presidential race, told RIA Novosti assistant Professor of political theory at MGIMO (U) mid of Russia, RIAC expert Kirill Koktysh.
Tikhanovski, the wife of the Belarusian popular videoblogger Sergei Tikhanovski, who is currently in custody in criminal cases. He previously tikhanovski planned to participate in presidential elections, but was unable to register the initiative group to collect signatures in support of nomination of a candidate, then the decision to stand for election was received by the wife.