Meeting with chairperson Central Election Commission Lidiya Yermoshina

    The Belarusian presidential election will be held properly and in line with the Constitution, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during a working meeting with chairperson of the Belarusian Central Election Commission Lidiya Yermoshina on 9 June.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded that at the end of the previous year there were many speculations that the presidential election would be held ahead of schedule. “There were a lot of speculations at the end of the previous year that Lukashenko would hold the election in February or March before the situation in the country changes for the worse, that he would use the situation in Ukraine and so on and so forth. Back than I said that we would hold the election honestly and on time. We keep our word,” the President noted.

    Speaking about Belarus’ international commitments during the presidential election campaign, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed: “We should honor them in full just like we did before.”

    “We are not going to forbid anyone from monitoring the election, including from outside and domestic observers. The only thing I would like to ask is that we shouldn’t promise something we cannot do and we shouldn’t experiment outside the scope of law,” said the head of state. “We have laws, normal laws as good as laws of others, that can ensure stability and calmness throughout the entire election campaign, including after the presidential election.”

    Financial aspects of the election campaign were mentioned during the routine meeting. According to the head of state, there is no money to waste but everything should be decent just like it was in the past. “We have never spent money excessively. We did not spend hundreds of millions, billions of dollars on these campaigns. No bribes, no extortions. We can be an example for any country in this regard,” stressed Aleksandr Lukashenko.

    According to the President, in the near future he will hold a meeting with the government officials who will organize the election campaign. In accordance with the legislation, the Central Election Commission will play a leading role in this process. The Central Election Commission should put forward its proposals regarding the concrete date of the presidential election; the parliament will make a decision on this issue. “We will discuss the date of the presidential election together. Everything will be done properly and in line with the Constitution,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

    Lidiya Yermoshina, in turn, noted that the Central Election Commission has been gearing up for the presidential election for the whole year. For example, guidelines for election commissions which are assembled within a few days after the date of the election is determined will be printed soon. Meanwhile, it is still necessary to solve a number of issues before the beginning of the election campaign, the chairperson of the Central Election Commission said.