Today, February 2, Anatoli Glaz, the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, said that they will not open polling stations for voting on the constitutional referendum abroad. According to the official, the reason for this decision is the shortage of employees of some embassies and the coronavirus epidemic. In addition, Glaz invited those abroad to come and vote at the place of their registration in Belarus.
Alexander Shlyk, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s Special Representative on Elections, commented to motolko.help on the decision of the official Minsk not to open polling stations in other countries. According to him, the refusal to open polling stations abroad actually limits the opportunities for Belarusian citizens to exercise their rights.
“According to various estimates, there are up to half a million citizens abroad, most of whom have the right to vote. It will be necessary to closely monitor what will happen to them in the voter lists.
I would also like to remind you that in 2020, the results of exit polls abroad were absolutely different from the official results at such polling stations. There are no such discrepancies on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, because there are no exit polls” Alexander Shlyk said.
На русском языке:
Шлык: Отказ от открытия избирательных участков за границей ограничивает возможности до полумиллиона беларусов
На беларускай мове: Шлык: Адмова ад адкрыцця выбарчых участкаў за мяжой абмяжоўвае магчымасці да паўмільёна беларусаў