Three representatives of the Belarusian Popular Front have been registered as candidates: the BPF leader Aliaksei Yanukevich, Artsiom Liava and Yauhen Rybakou. Anatol Liabedzka, leader of the United Civil Party, has also been registered as a candidate for Parliament. However, Minsk constituency election commissions denied registration to a number of other pro-democratic hopefuls, including For Freedom leader Aliaksandr Milinkevich and the movement’s activist Mikalai Samaseika, as well as Mikhail Pashkevich, member of the Tell the Truth campaign.
News for 22 Aug 2012
“Any interference with activities of judges in their administration of justice is inadmissible and is subject to prosecution under the law,” says a reply by the Presidential Administration issued following the petition for the release of Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski ahead of 4 August.
22.08.2012 Electoral Code does not prohibit observers to study election commissions’ papers, says Brest observer Uladzimir Vialichkin
Par. 4 and 5 Art. 13 of the Electoral Code do not state that observers are not allowed studying documents issued by election commissions, says Uladizmir Vialichkin, observer in Brest constituency No. 2, in his reply to chair of the Central Election Commission Lidziya Yarmoshyna.
22.08.2012 Tell the Truth potential candidate urges election officials not to register pro-government rival
Leanid Padbiaretski, member of the Tell the Truth civil campaign and Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) running for Parliament in Mahiliou constituency No. 84, has addressed the constituency’s election commission with a demand not to register pro-government potential candidate Uladizmir Vasilenka as candidate.
They were allowed to have a 1.5-hour phone conversation through the glass barrier.
“It's only called a meeting,” Autukhovich says, “We were not allowed to touch or kiss each other. You cannot do anything. It will go away, but memories will live in your soul forever. I don't doubt the guilty people will answer one day for this ordeal... My term expires in less than 20 months.”