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Video: Top election official votes at polling station in Minsk

Lidziya Yarmoshyna, head of the central election commission, cast her ballot on Wednesday, the second day of the early voting period in Belarus’ local elections.
While speaking to reporters at a polling station on Peramozhtsaw Avenue in Minsk, Ms. Yarmoshyna said that the high voter turnout in the elections was due to the “lawful stimulation” of voting.
“In cities, voter turnout is simply stimulated by government-funded organizations and educational institutions,” Ms. Yarmoshyna said. “This is a natural process. They are working to boost turnout, calling on people to vote.”
The stimulation of voting does not mean compulsion to vote, Ms. Yarmoshyna stressed. “Compulsion occurs when you are told that you will have bad consequences – you will be denied a bonus, you will be evicted from the dormitory and so on – if you fail to vote,” she said. “A recommendation to go to the polls is no more than stimulation within the limits of law.”
As many as 11.06 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots on February 13 and 14, the first two days of early voting in the local elections, according to the central election commission.
There is currently no turnout threshold for local elections in Belarus.




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