Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland calls for a special European Union summit on the issue of Belarus on Monday.
Belarus’ incumbent president, Alexander Lukashenko won against his opponent, rookie politician, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, announced the election commission on Monday.
According to the commission, Lukashenko, who has been the country’s president for 26 years, won 80.23% of the votes, while Tsikhanouskaya only got 9.9%.
Protesters and Lukashenko’s main rival claim that the poll was rigged.
On Sunday, the early announcement of Lukashenko’s imminent victory resulted in clashes between the police and protesters.
These clashes resulted in injuries not only to the protesters but also to journalists in the area.
According to the Guardian, riot police had “beaten unconscious” an AP photographer inside their van.
The photographer was taken to the hospital after.
Tsikanouskaya was endorsed by Lukashenko’s disqualified opponents during her registration to the election commission.
Moreover, her popularity grew during the campaign due to the already growing anti-Lukashenko sentiment in the country, Al Jazeera reported.
The events in Belarus have prompted the Foreign Ministry of Poland to release a statement of appeal to the Belarusian government.
Authorities should “stop escalating the situation” and start respecting Belarusian’s “fundamental human rights,” the ministry said, as per a Reuters report.
Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs “expresses its deep concern” against the “brutal pacification of post-election demonstrations,” in Belarus.
The foreign ministry also condemns Belarus authorities’ “harsh reaction” and “use of force against peaceful protesters,” as per the statement.
The Opposition On Belarus’ Election Results
Lukashenko’s win “completely contradict common sense,” Tsikhanouskaya’s camp said.
According to Tsikhanouskaya, she considers herself the rightful winner of the elections, as per BBC.
She also emphasized, how the authorities are “trying to hold on to their positions by force.”
Worries of vote-rigging resulted from the lack of transparency during the election.
According to a BBC report, there were no watchers present in the polling areas.
Another issue pointed out by observers to the election is a possible ballot stuffing.
According to them, as reported by the Guardian, various polling centers ran out of ballots on Sunday.
It seems, the number of eligible voters has exceeded the station’s limit.