Belarusian authorities attempted to discredit independent pollsters
In the view of the parliamentary elections, the Belarusian state TV channel Belarus 1 has attacked the IISEPS independent pollster. Apparently, amid reduced popularity of state institutions, the authorities are concerned about the potential disparity between the real support for the pro-governmental candidates (as reported by independent pollsters) and the official election results. Amid pre-election mobilisation of society, the Belarusian leadership is afraid of a possible response by the protest electorate to opposition calls to protests. The authorities are attempting to discredit independent pollsters completely and prevent polls during the election campaigns in the view of falling government’s ratings.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.