Belarusian opposition ‘bet heavily on street protests’MINSK, 23 December (BelTA) – During the presidential election the Belarusian opposition was focused on street protests from the start, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov told media on 23 December.
The diplomat said that it was obvious who will win the election from the start and the opposition bet heavily on street protests. Instead of fighting for votes they aimed to resolve problems via protests in the streets, said the Ambassador.
Alexander Surikov believes that playing their part in the West’s non-recognition of the Belarus election was the key goal of opposition-nominated candidates. He said that opposition candidates urged people to take to the streets beforehand without notifying the authorities and without applying for permission. Taking part in an unauthorized street rally is an administrative violation by itself, said the Ambassador.
Alexander Surikov said that the opposition’s inability to set up party branches in oblasts, districts, companies in order to agitate voters all the time instead of agitating them before the election only was a mistake. If the opposition had acted otherwise, it would have achieved more tangible results. He also pointed out that the opposition had failed to nominate its representatives for every precinct commission, which number exceeded 6,000. From the very start they bet on street protests, rigged election claims and so on instead of real deeds, said the diplomat.
“It is necessary to fight and win through genuine competition instead of doing trifles and making claims,” stressed Alexander Surikov.
On 24 December the Central Election Commission of Belarus announced the final results of the presidential election that took place on 19 December. Incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected by winning 79.65% of the vote.
Grigory Kostusev won 1.97% of the vote, Aleksei Mikhalevich 1.02%, Vladimir Nekliaev 1.78%, Yaroslav Romanchuk 1.98%, Vitaly Rymashevsky 1.09%, Andrei Sannikov 2.43%, Nikolai Statkevich 1.05%, Viktor Tereshchenko 1.19%, Dmitry Uss 0.39%. 6.47% of those, who took part in the election, voted for “none of the above”.
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