Signatures gathered, no need for others?

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April 22, 2016 19:21

Signatures gathered, no need for others? states that some of the candidates (like Lukashenka and Gaidukevich) have already closed their picket points as while the others still gather the signatures although they might not need them in the end. Why is that, find out in the article.

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