Elections have taken place: boycott/disregard strategy has failed in Belarusian environment
The Central Electoral Commission reported that voter turnout was 51.2% by noon on October 11th. Such a high turnout was due to the authorities’ broad campaign encouraging early voting. During the early voting stage, polling stations have marked a record high turnout in the history of independent Belarus – 36,05% of voters throughout the country, and circa 40% in Vitebsk, Gomel and Brest regions. Election observers said that early turnout was due to the administrative coercion and fraud. This means that in Belarus, boycott strategies aiming to demonstrate the lack of support for the regime by non-participation in the voting would fail now, as well as in the future.
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.