January 31 – February 6, 2022
Society and political parties

With conflicting approaches to the referendum, the politicisation of supporters of change subsides

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With conflicting approaches to the referendum, the politicisation of supporters of change subsides

A broad coalition of democratic forces (the headquarters of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the Coordination Council, The National Anti-Crisis Management (NAU), Honest People, Zubr, and others) has been promoting the idea of invalidating ballots for several weeks.

Some regime opponents call for a boycott of the referendum and elections.

The team of ex-presidential contender Viktar Babaryka proposes its own voting option.

Democratic forces continue to influence relations between Western capitals and Minsk. The leader of democratic Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya attends a meeting with deputies of the German Bundestag which subsequently votes not to recognise the validity of the Belarusian constitutional referendum.

Following the abolition of voting abroad by the Lukashenka regime, expatriates are attempting to devise an alternate strategy and promote the mobilisation of supporters of change within Belarus.

Opposition parties are involved in the election campaign and have nominated representatives to the election commissions. Of the 59,000 members of precinct election commissions, only 42 people represent democratic parties. Previously, the “Right to Choose” election observer initiative announced its liquidation in the face of likely persecution by the security forces.

Warsaw lawyer Tomasz Wiliński, with the support of the Anti-Crisis Management Pavel Latushka, filed a complaint against Lukashenka and his accomplices at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The politicisation of society will continue to decline due to disunity among the democratic forces.

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