News for 21 Sep 2010

Presidential Election: Weekly Analytical Review

21.09.2010 Presidential Election: Weekly Analytical Review

The legal basis of the electoral system of the Republic of Belarus is made up of the Constitution, Electoral Code, other legislative acts of the Republic of Belarus and statements (decisions) of the Central Commission for Elections and National Referendums (hereinafter – the Central Election Commission, or the CEC).

Belarusian Christian Democracy still unregistered

21.09.2010 Belarusian Christian Democracy still unregistered

The Ministry of Justice ruled to leave undecided the registration application of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party due to ‘the absence of a list of members of the party’s management committee’, the BelaPAN news agency reports.

Reporters without Borders criticize Belarusian media freedom

21.09.2010 Reporters without Borders criticize Belarusian media freedom

The Reporters without Borders international organization has released a statement, expressing its deep concern over the increasing harassment of Belarusian journalists ahead of the forthcoming presidential election, the press-service of the Belarusian Association of Journalists reports.

Detentions in Minsk

21.09.2010 Detentions in Minsk

On 20 September Minsk police detained 12 activists campaigning for the return of St. Joseph Catholic church to believers. The police reportedly used force, beating some of the detainees. All the activists were shortly released without charges.

Hrodna: students harassed ahead of election

21.09.2010 Hrodna: students harassed ahead of election

Administration of Hrodna State University reportedly distributes instructions of ‘correct behaviour’ to be followed by the students during the forthcoming presidential election. Students are warned against possible involvement in the activities for nominating opposition candidates.

Polatsk authorities form Lukashenka’s initiative groups

21.09.2010 Polatsk authorities form Lukashenka’s initiative groups

Polatsk authorities use administrative resources to form the initiative groups for nominating Aliaksandr Lukashenka for presidency, despite the fact the current President has not yet officially announced his participation in the forthcoming election.

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