President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko called on the agrarians not to “pull” for the sake of elections, so as not to distract them from their work. He stated this during a trip to the Minsk region, the press service of the Belarusian leader reported on Saturday, August 8.
“What is your political situation? The elections are underway. But do not be distracted, do not pull people into the elections. There is a possibility, let them come up early to vote. But to lose such a harvest for the sake of some kind of policy would be complete idiocy, ”the president addressed to the governor of the Minsk region.
The head of state noted that during the harvest season, farmers work in the fields all day long and pay little attention to the election campaign.
“Here in Minsk, some people are sucking on beer on a bench, then they got excited, ran, sat down again, drank. This, of course, is not for peasants, ”Lukashenka said.
According to his expectations, at least 10.5 million tons of grain will be harvested in Belarus this year.
Earlier on the same day, it became known that the turnout after four days of early voting in the elections in Belarus reached 32.24%.
The presidential elections in Belarus are scheduled for August 9. The Central Election Commission registered five people as candidates – Andrei Dmitriev, Anna Kanopatskaya, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Sergei Cherechnya.
Two applicants – Viktor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo – were denied registration.
On July 16, the headquarters of the presidential candidate Tikhanovskaya, as well as those who did not pass registration Tsepkalo and Babariko, announced the unification.
Lukashenko has been president since 1994. If he wins, this will be the sixth term.