MINSK, 10 August (BelTA) – Provocative calls to come to polling stations by the end of the day led to queues, 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.
According to Sergei Lebedev, CIS observers stated with regret that some voters, apparently protest voters, ignored the calls to take advantage of the early voting opportunity or to come to polling places in the first half of the day on 9 August. “These provocative calls to come to polling stations in the evening, at the end of the voting, resulted in queues,” the mission chief said.
Sergei Lebedev noted that CIS observers saw some voters staying in the polling booth for 15 minutes. “In order to put a tick, you need several seconds, but they lingered. Naturally, this resulted in queues. A polling booth is taken; people have to wait. This is a violation and the blame should go to voters, not to those who arrange the voting process,” the mission chief believes.
Speaking about taking photos of ballots, Sergei Lebedev cited the opinion of the OSCE/ODIHR mission that monitored the recent presidential election in Poland. “The OSCE/ODIHR criticized taking pictures of filled ballots saying that it is a violation of voting secrecy,” Sergei Lebedev said.
“Thus, statements alleging infringements of voting rights are absolutely groundless,” Sergei Lebedev said.