Meeting discuss preparations for Belarusian People’s Congress

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko hosted a meeting to discuss preparations for and conduct of the Belarusian People’s Congress.

“There is still a lot of work to do, and this pertains not only to speeches, findings, resolutions of the Belarusian People’s Congress, but also to the materials of the President’s report, his speeches at this forum,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The President recalled the sociological survey carried out in Belarus over the past month. The survey was held in two stages and involved 10,000 respondents. “This survey was meant as an in-depth study of public sentiment. The number of respondents in this survey was 10 times bigger than in standard polls,” the head of state noted.

“Residents of urban communities were polled at the first stage. So were enterprises that showed allegiance neither to the government nor to the opposition,” said the President. “The second stage was conducted in the last week after my appeal to people to take part in the poll. Thus, we polled the entire spectrum of the population, from rural dwellers to residents of Minsk,” he added.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the findings are currently being processed. “It was of particular importance for me. Indeed, it is very difficult to speak at the Belarusian People’s Congress and plan anything without knowing what people really think. Therefore, we decided to study people’s sentiment,” the President noted.

The head of state is confident that the research was absolutely impartial. Foreign polling organizations were also involved. “They will be primarily responsible for tabulating the results. Domestic polling organizations, both private and state-run, also took part in carrying out this survey,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state expressed gratitude to the people who took part in the poll as respondents, and recalled that the study was conducted on condition of complete anonymity. “I am very grateful to the people who took part in this survey. This will in many ways determine the essence of our program documents and the path our country will take in the future,” the Belarusian leader stressed.