Do not vote early, Tatstsyana Karatkevich tells voters

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April 22, 2016 19:31

Presidential candidate Tatstsyana Karatkevich has addressed voters in social networks. The early voting at the presidential election starts on October 6, she reminded.

"However, I would like to ask everyone to vote on October 11. Early voting helps rigging votes,” the politician claimed.

The law forbids forcing people to vote early. Karatkevich has suggested reporting such violations to her election team.

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