ForMin condemns undemocratic elections in Belarus but 2/3 Belarusians in Vilnius support Lukashenka

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Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Audronius Azubalis follows the line of international observers and claims that the Presidential election in Belarus was undemocratic.  The Belarusian embassy in Vilnius, on the other hand, reports that two thirds of all Belarusian nationals that voted in Vilnius casted their votes for President Lukashenka.

‘Lithuania supports the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s position that the vote in essence was undemocratic,’ Azubalis said to reporters on 20 December.  “Observers could not approach and see (vote counting). Technical processes were administered by the commission in a good and transparent manner, but it lacked objectivity. We see an obviously inadequate ratio. There were 70,000 election commission members appointed in Belarus. The opposition was officially allowed to delegate only 210 observers, and that is a ridiculous number,” Azubalis said.  He also mentioned that the brutal handling of the demonstrations in Minsk ‘spoiled’ an initial evaluation of the elections.

However, the Belarusian Embassy in Vilnius reported that out of 942 Belarusians that voted in the Embassy, 69.5 per cent have casted their votes for the President Lukashenka.  Presidential Candidate Andrey Sanikov got 11 per cent of those voted in Vilnius, Yaroslav Romanchuk got 6.2 per cent, Vladimir Neklayev – 4.6 per cent and the rest of the candidates failed to get more than 2 per cent of votes.  Some 2.2 per cent of voters marked ‘against all’ of their bulletins.

The Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has also expressed her disappointment over crack down on the protesters in Minsk. ‘According to data available to me at the moment (20 December), the repressive structures applied disproportionate force against the demonstrators and the president disapproves of the actions,’ President’s spokesperson Linas Balsys told Baltic News Service on 20 December.

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