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01 June 2020, 19:58

Belarusian MPs condemn collecting signatures to rack up social unrest

MINSK, 1 June (BelTA) – The Belarusian parliament believes it is inadmissible to exploit the collection of signatures for nominating candidates for the forthcoming presidential election in order to rack up social tensions instead of the intended purpose, BelTA learned from a statement released by the State Construction, Local Self-Government, and Regulation Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus.

The commission is concerned about the situation surrounding the process of signature collection to nominate presidential candidates. “We believe it is inadmissible to use the collection of signatures for the sake of manipulating people's minds, for the sake of racking up social unrest and profiteering from the complicated economic situation and the epidemic situation, consequences of which all the countries are now struggling with,” the statement reads.

“The irresponsibleness of individual initiative groups, the distortion of reality in social media, the use of dirty political technologies under the pretense of the election process are not simply designed to violate the social order but to split the society in the end,” the MPs believe.

This is why the MPs encourage Belarusians to resist possible provocations. They encourage all participants of the political process to abstain from populist declarations and act in strict compliance with the Electoral Code and other national laws and regulations. “Results of the presidential election campaign are of key importance for every citizen, the society, and the state as a whole because they will determine the way the country will develop in the next few years,” the statement reads.

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