Updated at 16:11,02-12-2016

Rymasheuski: Participation in the elections before the release of political prisoners is immoral

"Any participation in the elections before the release of all political prisoners is immoral and unacceptable for the Belarusian Christian Democracy." This view has expressed in the interview to UDF.BY the co-chairman of the BCD, former presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski.

According to him, participation in the elections also would be meaningless if the government did not liberalize not only the electoral laws, but the laws on political parties and public associations as well.

"We should be able to operate legally, should have the opportunity for official registration in the Ministry of Justice. Elections must be transparent, there should be fair vote counting, equal conditions for campaigning. Without all these, taking part in any elections makes no sense. And this is position not only of the BCD, but six political entities which currently are in the Advisory Council of Democratic Forces", the politician told UDF.BY.

Vital Rymasheuski also noted, that the announcement of early parliamentary elections by Belarusian authorities increases probability, that they will be boycotted by the democratic opposition.

Today Russian newspaper "Kommersant" reported of a possible holding of early parliamentary elections in Belarus. According to experts of the publication, planning to hold early elections, President Aleksandr Lukashenka hopes to avoid pressure from the West, demanding from him the democratization of the electoral legislation.