“The issue of democracy and human rights will remain one of the most important”
“The coalition, which includes four centre-right parties, showed the growth of voter support. The MFF’s partner, the Christian Democrats party, showed the best dynamics — they managed to increase the number of seats 1.5 times at this election, in general,” commented MFF Chairman Yuri Hubarevich on the results of the election.
He noted that, in general, the current situation is quite difficult in Sweden because the right and left scored approximately the same. “The Sweden Democrats party stands between the two blocks. It has increased the number of seats in the parliament, but not the influence on decision making, since no one wants to have a common business with the populist party, which, among other things, shows commitment to Putin’s policy,” said the MFF leader.
According to the Belarusian politician, Sweden has a stable political system. “The gains and losses of the various political parties at the election did not fundamentally change the previous distribution of forces. Swedes have also demonstrated a sufficiently high immunity to populism, which is brought in the politics by the Sweden Democrats party,” added Hubarevich.
“For Belarusians, the results of election to the Swedish Riksdag mean that the issue of democracy and protection of human rights and freedom of speech will remain one of the most important for Swedes. And not just in Sweden, but all over the world,” concluded Hubarevich.
A double trust
“My biggest impression of the election in Sweden is a double trust — a trust to the entire political system and a trust to their political leaders,” said a member of the MFF Council and the national coordinator of ‘The Right of Choice 2018’ observation campaign Ales Silkou.
He noted that the turnout in the country was 86%, and that there were queues near ballot stations. “I also liked that the parties have agreed on how they would build a coalition. This is a great political culture,” said Silkou.
According to him, based on the Belarusian situation, the impressive fact is that the outcome of the election is not known in advance.
“I am very glad — each observer from Belarus did a great job. We visited 78% of ballot stations, and drew up a report, which might help improve the electoral system of Sweden. I express my gratitude to all the observers of ‘The Right of Choice’,” concluded Silkou.
“The election was not perfect, but was as close as possible to how it should be”
“Swedes cannot even have a thought that elections could be rigged. The Belarusian system, in contrast to the Swedish one, is simpler and, in my opinion, more convenient, but our people don’t believe that their votes are counted. Therefore, the authorities have to cheat on attendance by all methods available,” shared his impressions an MFF member Ales Slavinski.
He added that it is very pleasant to see that parents come to ballot stations with their children and instill the responsibility for their fate in them: “While very few do this in Belarus, it was almost every third case of what I saw in Stockholm.”
MFF Minsk City coordinator Viktar Yanchurevich noted high civil responsibility of voters, an exemplary democracy, and openness and transparency at all stages of the election campaign.
“The Swedish election was not perfect, but was as close as possible to how elections should take place. There are some issues, of course, which are primarily due to the specifics of this election: the secrecy of vote cannot always be guaranteed when a person openly chooses a ballot paper or when ballot places are not always well-equipped. Other than that, the observers had full access to ballot stations, and election commissions answered all our questions,” said an MFF member Aliaksandr Lisouski.
According to him, there were no obstacles to recording the vote counting process, including with phone cameras — Swedes have nothing to hide.
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