Then the election day survey has arrived. Completely in line with what we knew beforehand. The election is a rigged election, where the result is clear in advance. The election day survey has been published by one of the few “approved” to conduct such surveys. According to this, President Aleksandr Lukashenko will get something over 78% of the vote, while Svetlana Tikhanovskaja has got 6.8%.
The dictator with all power
Since Belarus broke away from the Soviet Union, the country has had a president. Aleksandr Lukashenko rules the country with an iron fist and the election is, as I wrote in a preliminary review of the election, really just nonsense. A game for the gallery to make it look like a democracy.
As before, most of the opposition candidates are imprisoned for highly questionable reasons, or otherwise prevented from participating in the election. Despite this, the opposition has managed to rally around a candidate that everyone in the opposition has supported. This is Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. If the election day poll of 6.8% is close to the official figure, it says everything about how rigged the election is.
Internet taken down
As expected, the internet connection was down in Belarus on election day. The reason is twofold. One is to prevent people’s communication and prevent them from organizing protests in the streets against the rigged election. The second reason is to prevent election observers from detecting fraud.
With the internet down, it will be difficult to document electoral fraud. It was expected that the internet would be taken down completely or at least that the speed would be throttled so that it was practically unusable.
A rigged election in the best dictator spirit
A country that imprisons oppositionists and prevents opponents from standing as candidates for the presidential election is no democracy. Countries where the authorities rule with an iron fist, control the mass media and arrest and kill journalists who engage in critical journalism are not democracies. A country where freedom of expression is restricted is not a democracy. A country where one person decides everything is a dictatorship as we see in Belarus.
What is happening now in Belarus is not good to say. President Aleksandr Lukashenko has a people who have had enough of him. On the other hand, he has a Russia with which the country has also developed a rather tense relationship. It is a pressured dictator. The question is how long he will stay in office despite a rigged election.