Belarus ahead of the presidential elections 2020
Webinar | 15.07.2020 | ZOiS
Belarus plans to hold presidential elections on 9 August 2020 despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in many years, along with opposition figures, representatives from the ruling elite intend to run in the election. The authorities reacted to this unusual situation with harassments and detentions of potential candidates, campaign staff and supporters.
This time the elections will be organised by electoral commissions almost entirely controlled by pro-government representatives. The Belarusian authorities have not yet invited OSCE/ODIHR to deploy an international election observation to the country. For the first time in almost 20 years, domestic observers will be the only source of information on the conduct of the vote.
What conclusions can be drawn from the ongoing electoral campaign? What are possible implications of these elections for the relations between Belarus and its international partners? How can we assess the protest dynamics and police reactions prior to the elections? And what do know about public opinion and the general mood in the country?
17.07.2020, 15:00 Uhr