News for 3 Nov 2010
November the Mazyr District Election Commission held a sitting to verify the
signatures that had been collected in support of nomination of candidates for
president of the Republic of Belarus. According to the commission Chairperson
Mikhail Pashynski, the commission received signatures in support of 7
03.11.2010 Brest region: websites of district election commissions cover ‘Question to President’ instead of presidential election
to the vast majority of official websites, the main event these days is not the
end of collection of signatures for nomination of candidates for president and formation
of precinct election commissions, but the informational action Question to President which they
The Barysau District Executive Committee didn’t let the observers of the Barysau town organization of the Belarusian Language Society Aleh Matskevich and Maryna Statkevich observe the sitting on formation of precinct election commissions. The refusal, signed by the committee Chairperson Uladzimir Miranovich, reads: ‘Articles 13 and 34 of the Electoral Code don’t provide observers with the right to observe the procedure of the formation of precinct election commissions. In the view of the aforesaid we have to refuse in granting Your request.’
It took the Hrodna
District Executive Committee just 7 minutes (!) to form 40 precinct election commissions in the Hrodno district.
According to the ‘established tradition’, the lists of
the commissions’ members weren’t read and the candidacies weren’t discussed. Among
the persons who were included in the commissions there are 26 representatives
of the ‘state NGO’ Belaya Rus, 24
representatives of the pro-governmental Belarusian Republican Youth Union
(BRSM), 37 representatives of the Belarusian Union of Women, 101 nominees of
state trade unions, 4 representatives of collectives of institutions and enterprises
and 280 persons nominated by collecting electors’ signatures. The sitting was
attended by the observers Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Mikola Voran.
On 2 November the Kastrychnitski District Executive Committee held a sitting to form the precinct election commissions on the territory of the district. The United Civil Party, the Belarusian Leftist Party Fair World, the NGO BPF Adradzhenne and the Mahiliou Human Rights Center nominated 33 representatives to the commissions, but none of them were included in them.
03.11.2010 Tsentralny district of Homel: 51 precinct election commissions formed within 14 minutes by unanimous voting
The Tsentralny District
Executive Committee (DEC) of Homel formed the precinct election commissions of the district at its sitting
on 2 November. According to the member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee
Viktar Adzinochanka, the sitting lasted 14 minutes, during which 51 election
commission were formed.
Of 238 complaints lodged with the assistance of “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” campaign’s lawyers from the beginning of the election campaign, only 9 have been satisfied (those related to decisions of local authorities about places where pickets for collecting signatures were prohibited). Central and territorial election commissions have rejected all complaints related to the violation of the electoral legislation by the initiative group of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.