Juan Díaz Nicolas: I was surprised that Belarusians come to the polls with kids

Juan Díaz Nicolas: I was surprised that Belarusians come to the polls with kids

Profession of sociology of the Madrid University Juan Diaz Nicolas is in our studio today. Could you tell us about your impressions of what you saw during the Belarus election?

Juan Diaz Nicolas:
My impressions are very positive. This is my first time in Minsk and Belarus. I am a member of an international group of experts brought by All-Russia Barometer aiming to check and control the implementation of exit polls. I have visited six precincts in three towns.
Belarus has an important international role. It has an important role as a mediator in parts of Europe: from one side and the other.

What points deserve criticism in your opinion?

Juan Diaz Nicolas:
I don’t have anything to say on this point. I have been doing sociological research since 1963. I was impressed with what I saw at those six precincts. People did have the opportunity to express their will in secret. Everyone was very friendly. People were motivated by voting. I was impressed with the fact that people were coming with small kids. This is a good way of teaching them democracy.