Head of Central Election Committee criticizes potential candidates to presidency for being too inactive

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April 22, 2016 19:19

During her visit to the debates organized by the pro-presidential Belarusian Republican Youth Union, Lidziya Yarmoshyna, head of Central Election Committee, criticized candidates for being “too quite” during the election campaign. At the same time she praised “NGOs who took the main ideological responsibility for going through the current campaign” and journalists who cover the elections.

“Without the coverage the voting public would have forget that we have an election campaign going on. As a matter of fact media assumed roles of many of the potential 

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