20 June, 2021 14:04
On social networks and a number of media outlets information is circulating about the instructions to servicemen by commanders to vote for a certain political force during voting in the early parliamentary elections on June 20, 2021.

All such information is being studied in detail at the Ministry of Defence. In the publications existing up to the present moment, the statements do not correspond to reality. It is obvious that the statements about the instructions are based exclusively on the fact that the servicemen were brought to the polling stations in a systematic way, and the videos attached to the publications are proof of this: these videos only show military personnel who are near the polling stations, and the statements about the instructions are the assumptions of the authors of these videos, without any valid arguments.

Moreover, at the moment, in the polling stations mentioned in the publications on instructions, no violations related to the voting of servicemen have been registered by the election commissions.

It should be noted that bringing of the servicemen to polling stations in groups for voting is due to the official need to carry out their movement in a systematic manner.

As for the pre-election process and the actual voting, there is a corresponding order of the Minister of Defence, which strictly prohibits the pre-election campaign among the servicemen and ordering them to vote for any candidate.

We strongly urge you to refrain from baseless, unsubstantiated statements about servicemen voting. The Ministry of Defence continues to monitor the voting process in order to study the alarms related to the voting of the servicemen.