MINSK, 10 August (BelTA) – The presidential election was held in an orderly manner and in line with Belarus' legislation, Sergei Lebedev, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee – CIS Executive Secretary, head of the CIS observation mission at Belarus' presidential election, told reporters, BelTA has learned.
“Representatives of the CIS member states got together yesterday; they exchanged their views and discussed assessments they received from our observers from all over Belarus. They came to a shared conclusion that the election was held in an orderly manner. The election was in compliance with Belarusian laws. Citizens were given an opportunity to take part in a competitive race, with five candidates standing for election. The election was open. In addition to that, we saw that all voters could come and cast their ballots for the candidate of their choice,” Sergei Lebedev said.
The CIS chief also commented on the setting of the election campaign. “The CIS observers share a view that those who screamed and shouted on squares do not represent the majority of Belarusians. Indeed, they want changes. We understand and respect this position. There are people in every country who do not agree with the official policy and want something else. However, if you advocate democracy, you should respect the position of the majority. This is what we strongly believe in,” the mission chief said.
Sergei Lebedev emphasized that CIS observers are friends of Belarus. “We keep saying that. We, just like Belarusian nationals, are interested in peace, calm, sustainable development and economic growth here. We are sincerely happy about successes of our Belarusian brothers and we share the country's concerns when Belarus is facing some difficulties and problems. Thus, I believe that those who are not completely happy with these elections, will calm down. You should accept the opinion of the majority. This opinion is unambiguous. I want to say that my judgment is based not only on statistics. During many days of observation I had an opportunity to talk to Belarusian nationals and all of them want peace, stability and tranquility in the country. Therefore, I wish Belarusians to have all this, I wish that all their dreams and plans come true. I wish Belarus happiness, peace and prosperity,” he added.