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23 Jun 2015

Lukashenko: Presidential election should be open, honest, calm, and compliant with Belarusian laws

MINSK, 23 June (BelTA) – The presidential election in Belarus should be prepared and held in an open, honest, calm manner and in strict compliance with the Belarusian legislation and the international commitments Belarus has undertaken. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement at the government conference held on 23 June to discuss topical domestic policy matters, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that election campaigns of any level are very important as a way for the nation to express its will. “A presidential election is the key public and political event for any country, particularly our country where presidential powers are vast,” noted the Belarusian leader. “By casting their votes in favor of this or that candidate Belarus citizens determine the fate of the country, determine where and how we will move on, what way of development we choose for that.”

The head of state said he believes that the forthcoming presidential election will be kind of an exam for all the government agencies. “It will be an exam before the people, before those, who have entrusted us with the destiny of Belarus,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko. In his words, results of the election will demonstrate the nation’s attitude towards the government’s work and will also become the foundation for the country’s future development strategy.

“It is a most important political event. We should enable top-notch organization of the event. I would like to stress that we have never had such opportunities for holding elections at a level that prevents anyone from even reproaching us and arguing some problems and issues,” said the head of state.

Alexander Lukashenko remarked that in accordance with the legislation the Central Election Commission (CEC) will play the key role in the election campaign’s organization. “As soon as the [date of the] presidential election is announced, the CEC will be the only agency in the country in charge of organizing and holding the election campaign. All the other entities, including me, will take part in the campaign only because the CEC demands it. Any statements and initiatives have to be authorized by the CEC head,” stressed the President. At the same time municipal government agencies will have to take an active part in the resolution of economic and organizational problems.

“We have to accomplish serious and responsible tasks. We have to prepare and hold the presidential election openly, honestly, calmly, and, most importantly, in strict compliance with Belarusian legislation and the international commitments we have undertaken,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

The President stressed that nobody in the country will be forbidden from monitoring the election. Neither domestic observers nor foreign ones will be forbidden to do so. “They may watch and make relevant conclusions,” he said.

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