News for 23 Jul 2012
23.07.2012 CEC sides with constituency commissions
The Electoral Code does not oblige election commissions to provide observers with information on the date and time of their sittings, as well as on decisions taken, says an official reply from Mrs. Lidziya Yarmoshyna, head of the Central Election Commission, received by Aleh Ramashkevich, observer representing the Belarusian Helsinki Committee in constituency No. 56 in the town of Masty, Hrodna region.
The lists of citizens of Belarus who have the right to vote has about 7 million voters. Ballots are usually cast by more than 5 million. Behind these figures it is difficult to see 40-50 thousand persons deprived of their right to vote in connection with criminal proceedings.
Activist of the anarchist movement Aliaksandr Frantskevich has been subjected to harassment from the administration of penal colony No. 22 in the town of Ivatsevichy, as other inmates have received threats and reprimands for communicating with the political prisoner.
Lack of certain decisions by the Central Election Commission on its official web-site do not infringe on the rights and legitimate interests of voters, says CEC chair Mrs. Lidziya Yarmoshyna in her reply to Mahiliou human rights defender Barys Bukhel.
We are writing to express our concern regarding a new investigation launched against the civil activist, head of the political organization “Youth Front” Mr. Zmitser Dashlevich who was sentenced on 24 March, 2011 to 2 years of imprisonment in a high-security colony No.13 in Hlybokaye and who is expected to be released on December 18, 2012.