Belarus presidential candidates' campaigning: last week prior to voting

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Belarus presidential candidates' campaigning: last week prior to voting

On Tuesday Belarus begins early voting at the 2015 presidential election.

Participants of the race yesterday had an opportunity to ask each other questions and once again promote themselves.

The vast majority of Belarusians are ready to vote. This is evidenced by polls. Many have already decided, regardless of the campaigning.

Sergei Gaidukevich, a candidate for President of the Republic of Belarus:
One of the distinguishing features of the campaign is that there is real interest of people, not some formal interest on the part of the ODIHR or journalists.

Nikolai Ulakhovich continues meetings in the regions and pickets in pursuit of votes. A standard set of the main chieftain and cossack of Belarus.

Nikolai Ulakhovich, a candidate for President of the Republic of Belarus:
I believe that I have already won these elections. I have fulfilled my task. I have shown our people that apart from alleged opposition we see a completely different force - healthy, strong, who want peace and tranquility in our land.

Tatiana Karatkevich also continues to get acquainted with voters.  She travels Belarus to meet potential voters.

Tatiana Karatkevich, a candidate for President of the Republic of Belarus:
As a young politician I am glad to meet with each person. I plan to visit 50 towns and meet people and talk about my program.

Early voting in Belarus starts on October 6. Many are ready to use it.

Nadezhda Skardino, biathlete, bronze medalist of the 2014 Sochi Olympics:
Election takes place on 11 October but my training camp finishes 7 October. So I'll stay here for a day and then go and vote.

The Presidential campaign is quite cheap: according to the CEC, Belarus spent on each voter about $2. That is the whole campaign cost the budget less than $14 million.

For comparison, in 2012 in the US, Mitt Romney's outlays exceeded one billion.

Turnout is expected to be traditionally high.

While candidates are actively advertising themselves, 16-year-old Alexandra Burykina drew attention of foreigners to political processes in Belarus. The girl set two European records in powerlifting in Madrid. Arnold Schwarzenegger personally congratulated her. The legendary athlete and actor got a T-shirt from the Belarusian with the image of Alexander Lukashenko.

Alexandra Burykina, powerlifter:
He shook my hand and said that I am very strong. I gave him a T-shirt with our President. I said it is our President. He said he knows him and that he is a very strong politician and Belarus is a country of strong people. He said he was going to visit our country.