Representatives of Democratic Political Parties Constitute 2,1% from Overall Number of Members of Circuit Electoral Commissions

2004 2004-08-04T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Here are the results of nomination of democratic political parties to the circuit electoral commissions for election into the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. The results are organized in the form of a table. The abbreviations are as follows: BPF – Belarusian People’s Party, UCP – United Civil Party, BSDH – Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada, PCB – Party of Communists of Belarus, BSDP (NH) – Belarusian Social Democratic Party (“Narodnaya Hramada”).

Total number of nominated members: 50 61 23 78 26 80

Numbers of included members divided by regions:
Minsk City 1 0 0 4 0 0
Minsk region 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brest region 1 1 0 4 0 1
Vitsebsk region 0 1 0 6 0 1
Homel region 0 3 0 5 0 0
Hrodna region 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mahiliow region 0 0 0 0 0 0

Human Rights Center “Viasna” summed up the data on inclusion of representatives of democratic political parties into circuit electoral commissions. Only 30 persons out of 318 nominated were included, which is 9,4%. The total number of members of 110 circuit electoral commissions is 1430, representatives of democratic parties constitute only 2,1% of them. The head of Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski is convinced that the election will be held in the same way the presidential election of 2001 and the election to local deputy soviets of 2003 were held, which means mass violations of the electoral legislations and falsifications.

Mr. Bialiatski reminds that in 1999 no election results were recognized by the international community. Despite of concrete recommendations of the Bureau on Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (BDIHR) concerning the forming of electoral commissions and numerous proposals, filed by Belarusian political parties and NGOs with the aim to improve the electoral process, Belarusian authorities chose the way of electoral falsifications and forgery, pseudo-legal methods of non-admission of political opponents to the electoral process and considerable limitation of their civil rights. Ales Bialiatski believes that the results of the election will be falsified and Belarusian society will be cheated again.