Organization of the polling stations commissions is over
The organization of the polling stations commissions in Belarus is over, reports TVR.by. Most of those who would be working there are members of non-governmental organizations and political parties. Around 5% out of all members of the commissions are public officers.
99% of polling station commissions would work with not a single opposition representative, says Vitaly Rymasheuski, the co-chair of the Belarusian Christian Party initiative Committee. “Most of the members of the polling stations are represented by pro-governmental “Belaya Rus” NGO and Belarusian Republican Union of Youth… In circumstances where observers cannot even get close to the polling tables, the opposition members within polling station commissions might be the only ones to verify the elections”, continues Rymasheuski.
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.