“There is a discussion before each election campaign in Belarusian society, namely in the most politicized part of it, whether to participate in the election, or ignore it, or arrange a boycott, why nominate candidates, if it is clear that the election will be rigged,” noted the politician. “Unfortunately, we live in a situation where Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, especially his Foreign Ministry, is trying in every possible way to legitimize the existing government — not so much in the eyes of Belarusian citizens, who may know the truth, as in the eyes of Western partners. The issue of recognizing the House of Representatives as a full-fledged authority is raised at each parliamentary election campaign. And the only way to show that this body is not elected by the people in Belarus, but is formed solely by the regime’s order, is to conduct full-fledged observation.”
“We need this observation not only to record some facts of violations, but to make elections in Belarus free and democratic. This is our main goal. By revealing violations, falsifications, and fraud at elections, each campaign enables us to point out specific facts that do not allow calling the elections democratic and the parliament legitimate,” he said.
According to Hubarevich, it is in order to demonstrate how the falsifications take place that the opposition structures from among the observation campaign organizers nominate their MP candidates. “In a situation where there are no alternative candidates, when none of the opposition politicians conducts strong campaigns, works with the electorate, or receives real support, the authorities won’t even need to rig the elections,” explained the MFF leader. “In this case, they would finally show the ballots and count them in front of international and local observers, because since the regime provides a fake alternative at elections anyway, there’s no difference which pro-government candidate will be called the winner — puppet A or puppet B.”
“It is for this that we nominate our candidates, receive public support, disseminate information about our proposals, find evidence, and struggle for the elections to ultimately be held according to completely different principles and approaches,” summed up the politician.
‘The Right of Choice’ observation campaign has been carried out by the United Civil Party (UCP), the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF), the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (‘Hramada’) (BSDP), the Foundation Organizing Committees of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party (BCD) and the Party of Freedom and Progress (PFP), the Movement For Freedom (MFF), the Belarusian Green Party (BGP), and Radioelectronic Industry Independent Trade Union.
Election will be held on November 7, 2019 to the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the 7th convocation and on November 17, 2019 to the House of Representatives.