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Politics and News from Belarus - Charter'97



Lukashenka Must be Dismissed From Office For Rigging Presidential Elections Results
17:36, 23/11/2006

“Nobody has a right to interfere with the elections process. The statement by Lukashenka demonstrates that he had been interfering with and regulating the process of voting, and its results were brought into accordance with the required ones. The Prosecutor should pay attention to that, as he should monitor the justice in the country; and one of the functions of the prosecutor’s office is to check the statements in mass media. A criminal liability for rigging presidential elections results is established, and it is a reason for dismissing Lukashenka from leading the country,” told a well-known human rights watchdog Valyantsin Stefanovich, commenting on Lukashenka’s statement to the Chartert’97 press center. At a press conference to Ukrainian mass media Lukashenka said that the last presidential elections in Belarus had been rigged.

“Certainly, the international community has recognized the last elections rigged. It is obvious that so many voters hadn’t been voted for Lukashenka, and the vote took place with numerous violations of the law. The report of the ODIHR OSCE testifies that. But now Lukashenka has admitted that he influenced the results of the ballot,” Stefanovich said.

As we have informed, at a press conference to Ukrainian journalists Alyaksandr Lukashenka confessed that the presidential vote held in March last year had been rigged.

“We have rigged the latest election. 93.5 per cent have voted for Lukashenka. But they say it is not a European measure. We have made it 86 per cent,” A. Lukashenka said. As said by him, there were promises by Europe before the elections that in case “of approximately European figures at the election, the election would be recognized”. “But it failed too. They promised to recognize the ballot, but they didn’t,” Lukashenka stated.

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