Constitutional referendum begins in Belarus with 43% of citizens voting early

A referendum on amendments to the Constitution has started in Belarus. Forty-three percent of citizens voted early. Most of them live in the Homiel region, least of all – in Minsk.

February 27 is the main day of voting at a referendum on amendments to the Constitution of Belarus.

Polling stations opened at 8:00 a.m. and will operate until 20:00 local time.

There is one question on the ballots: “Do you accept the amendments and additions to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus?” You can choose one of two answers – for or against.

There are 6,818,948 Belarusians on the voting lists. This is 26,000 less than at the presidential elections in 2020.

On Saturday, February 26, the Central Election Commission of Belarus reported that almost 42.93% of the citizens voted early. It is a record for Belarus’ early voting results.

According to the CEC, the early voting figures in regions are as follows:

– Brest region – 44.98%

– Vitsebsk region – 43.60%

– Homiel region – 49.02%

– Hrodna region – 42.59%

– Minsk region – 43,31%

– Mahiliou region – 44,40%

– Minsk city – 34,75%

As many as 5,510 precinct commissions were formed for voting and counting the results. Not a single representative of the opposition was included in them; the lists of the commission members were classified. There will not be a single OSCE observer at the referendum either.

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged the Belarusians to come to the referendum and vote against the changes of the Constitution.

“We have always talked about the illegitimate “referendum” urging people to put two crosses on the ballot. But now we call for something different — to come to the polls at 2 p.m. and vote not against the Constitution and the “referendum,” but against war, violence and tanks in another country. But in our country, too,” says the Belarusian leader.