Праспект Незалежнасці ў Менску амаль пусты, як і навакольныя вуліцы. Independence Avenue, the main street in Minsk, is almost empty; so are the surrounding streets. Have its residents gone out of the city or they don’t want to be mistaken for a protester?
During early voting ballot rigging is as easy as ABC. Zmitser Kaspyarovich, a member of Minsk city election commission, states that the number of signatures and the number of issued ballots does not match in some districts of the Belarusian capital.
The presidential campaign in Belarus is nearly over. Some are looking forward for the results of the vote on October 11, others are convinced that there will be no change in the country. But in any case, the voters, the opposition, the authorities, journalists are getting ready, because the presidential election, whatever it may be, is one of the most important events that occur once every five years.
Mikalai Statkevich, a former political prisoner and presidential candidate-2010, held a meeting with voters in Minsk on Wednesday. About a thousand people turned up; even incumbent president Lukashenka was invited, but, as one might expect, failed to appear. It is him whom Statkevich’s pointed questions are addressed to.