Elections in Belarus — for pies and music

Elections in Belarus - for pies and musicLukashenko is ready to cooperate with all those who support the stability and security in Belarus

December 19, Minsk / Alina Grishkevich — BELTA /. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is ready to cooperate with anyone who stands for stability and security in Belarus. He said today, responding to questions from journalists, BelTA has learned.

"I'm with the bandits and saboteurs do not drive no dialogue, and the normal opposition, — he said. — I have to admit that among the alternative candidates have some, but normal people sane, with the position and point of view. I already appreciated, if you follow the election campaign, on the air and in public. And I must tell you that after the statement that alternative candidate rated in second place. "

Alexander Lukashenko said: "I am ready to work with anyone, with the opposition, not the opposition — with people who want to live in the country and ensure its independence, that our country was calm and beautiful as I want it." The President added that it is important that the foreign visitors came to our country and there could rest easy travel.

"The purpose of one — prosperity, and stability in the country," — said Alexander Lukashenko.

MOSCOW, Dec. 19 — RIA Novosti.

Election as a holiday

Men play the accordion, cymbals and fifes, children in traditional costumes whirling in folk dance — a picture can be seen at many polling stations in Belarus. Near the booths and ballot boxes — the inevitable buffet: performing a civic duty, voters bolting down hot cakes. The menu cheesecake (20 cents piece), sausage rolls (40 cents), tea from a samovar and alcohol for every taste — from champagne to cognac.

For Belarus, which has kept many of the attributes of the Soviet Union, the election day — it's still not only voting, but also a national holiday. At least that is the official point of view of determining the front side of elections: the joyful tone telediktorov, buffets in the lobbies of the polling stations and numerous concerts (only in the Minsk region, voters now entertain nearly 750 art groups).

Observers satisfied

So people "voted" for the opposition

So people "voted" for the opposition

International observers while generally positive about the vote. The head of the observer mission ODIHR Geert Ahrens said that this election can be appreciated better than the previous, when the OSCE mission gave a negative assessment of the election campaign.

"We have seen progress," — said Ahrens.

Observers from the CIS and the Russian parliament said that the vote passes without major incidents and violations.

CEC head Lidia Yermoshina said that the elections are held without major disturbances. "For the first time in several years that morning received only one complaint — about the fact that the observers were not allowed at the polling station," — said the head of the Central Election Commission.

This is the fourth presidential election in Belarus. The list of candidates for the presidency — Ten people, including the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko, who began to rule the country in 1994 and was reelected in 2001 and 2006.

By the way, the ballot and the count is "against all." While this "candidate" scored less than 4% of the vote.

The Central Election Commission of Belarus accredited election 1032 international observers and about 18,000 domestic observers. Cover the elections more than a thousand journalists.

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