|First of all, I'd say that the elections into the specifically tailored
to fit into the President's pocket Parliament do not invoke much agitation
among the general public. The most interested parties are the candidates
themselves (no wonder, five years of relatively high living standards
with all sorts of benefits and privileges for the rest of the life
guarantied are worth fighting for), the President (to make sure that
the newly elected Parliament does not show up out of the pocket) and
International policy makers (Belarus, or better to say the President
Lukashenko is as a mosquito for them, though not really dangerous,
Why the indifference?
The Belarusian Parliament in its current status is just a modern
decoration to the rock solid bureaucratic "Presidential vertical".
It has no real power, no real influence. And there are no signs,
that the situation will change as a result of the elections.
You may wish to check up Our
View of Political Situation in Belarus for more details. Though
written some time ago I think it is still relevant.
Some words about
Frankly, I could not say that any one has caught my attention,
though there are quite a few of them. Same leaflets, same slogans,
same promises, same accusations to their acting colleagues, same
explanations why they are better then others. No fresh ideas, no
creativity, no personalities, no imagination, no real answers to
the real questions.
Will people come to vote?
You might find it being inconsistent, but I'd say Yes. About 60%
will come. Do not ask me why. Let's take it as is.