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The turnout in the presidential elections in Belarus exceeded 79%. But queues arranged by “provocateurs” and participants in protest rallies interfere

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya near the polling station, August 9, 2020

As of 18:00, 79% of voters voted in the presidential elections in Belarus, said the chairman of the republic’s Central Election Commission, Lidia Yermoshina, during a stream on Sunday. She noted that “this is a very large figure.” “Many regions have already crossed the 80% line,” said the head of the CEC.

According to the commission, the turnout in Minsk was 62.3%, in the Brest region – 84.52%, Vitebsk – 80%, Gomel – 85.98%, Grodno – 82.41%, Minsk – 77.93%, Mogilev – 86.01%.

As of 16:00, 73.4% of voters voted in the presidential elections in Belarus, said Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission of the Republic Vadim Ipatov, reports “Interfax” … Ipatov recalled that voting has already ended in some of the polling stations located in sanatoriums, medical institutions, military units. There they began to count the votes.

He also noted the peculiarities of processing votes from polling stations that are located abroad, taking into account the difference in time zones. “In this regard, the CEC will receive data on voting at polling stations located abroad by 15:00 tomorrow. They will be included in the general final report, which will be approved by the CEC,” Ipatov said.

In Moscow, a long queue of people wishing to vote in the presidential election lined up in front of the Belarusian embassy. This was reported to RBC by the press secretary of the Belarusian Embassy in Moscow, Oleg Mazurov. He added that the voting is taking place in a calm atmosphere, no incidents were recorded.

Eyewitnesses also report a huge queue in St. Petersburg in front of the office of the Embassy of Belarus.

The site tut.by reports that a similar situation with queues is observed in some European cities, including Warsaw and The Hague. The Central Election Commission of Belarus does not intend to extend the voting time in the presidential elections in the country because of the queues lined up in polling stations, the CEC chairman said on Sunday Belarus Lydia Yermoshina, reports TASS.

“It is impossible to extend the voting period,” she said, commenting on the situation at the elections. Yarmoshyna stated that the opposition is arranging a provocation by creating queues for polling stations. “Everything would be fine if it were not for the deliberate provocations that the so-called protest electorate learned through Telegram channels,” she comments on the situation with queues at BelTA polling stations.

Yarmoshyna added that some of the voting participants occupy booths for a long time, spoil the ballots and for a long time seek to issue new ones. “This is what led to the fact that very long queues have accumulated at the polling stations,” she added.

According to her, those who act in this way are provocateurs, participants in protest rallies.

At the same time, as the head of the CEC admitted, in some polling stations in Belarus there are not enough ballots, no one expected such a turnout.

Earlier on Sunday, the Central Election Commission of the republic has already recognized the elections as valid.

Voting day was preceded by numerous large-scale protests by the opposition, which rallied around the candidacy of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. On election day, a large number of servicemen and policemen are observed in Minsk, who are walking in civilian clothes with packages containing truncheons. By evening, the security forces began to cordon off the city center.

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