The largest political movements agree on common elections tactic
Limited by the CEC participation of \"Tell the Truth!\" and \"For Freedom\" initiatives in the ongoing election campaign pushed them towards an agreement on a common tactic in the campaign. Tactical alliance between the two largest civic associations allows testing new methods of political participation and brings hope for continuation of consolidation processes after the elections.
On August 24th “Tell the Truth!” civil campaign and “For Freedom” movement issued a joint statement about the democratic forces’ common tactic in the ongoing election campaign.
In a joint statement, “For Freedom” and “Tell the Truth!” call voters and supporters in the democratic camp to join efforts to overcome political apathy, they offer mutual support to candidates, support to elections observers, and, as an experiment, propose an active boycott in one or two districts where there are no democratic candidates.
Until now the boycott campaign was visible on websites only. Apparently, registration by the CEC candidates from boycott supporters and their propaganda campaign, coupled with the “Tell the Truth!” and “For Freedom” experiment will make boycott more visible to the population. However, both, political tradition and sociological studies suggest that the election campaign failure in Belarus due to voters’ absence is impossible.
However, the tactical alliance between TT and FF gives hope that more serious processes will follow.
First of all, active participation in the election campaign will strengthen the positions and recognition of these two movements. “Civil contract”, a “Tell the Truth!” system of alternative representation of the citizens’ interests, in collaboration with the “For Freedom’s” “People’s Program” reinforce the democratic camp and represent a new strategic perspective after failed attempts to succeed through elections or revolution.
Moreover, the tactical alliance between TT and FF could help scrapping the trend for further opposition’s fragmentation and could be a sign of the centripetal processes’ start. Apparently, boycott supporters will also try to unite. Therefore by the end of the campaign democratic camp will resume its traditional bi-polar configuration.
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.