Early voting kicks off in Belarus: Human rights activists warn against fraud
Early voting at the presidential election in Belarus has started on Tuesday, state-run news agency BelTA reports.
Polling stations will stay open in the period from 6 to 10 October, from 10:00 to 19:00 with a break from 14:00 to 16:00.
In order to receive a ballot paper a voter should show a passport or other ID papers (a military service record card, a certificate of employment, a pension certificate or a student ID card, a certificate from the interior bodies – for the citizens who have lost their passports).
Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.
Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.
In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.