ATTENTION! All Belarusians are deprived of the right to freely participate in elections and referendums. Only one signature is put in the list of voters for two ballot-papers.

2004 2004-10-13T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

When the Human Rights Center “Spring” started to receive information that at the electoral districts voters are proposed only one signature for two ballot-papers (for the voting for a candidate to the Parliament and for participating in the Referendum) we could not even believe that first. I moved to my electoral district #560 of the Kalinouskaja electoral region #108 to check the information. The secretary of the electoral commission proposed me to sign the list for two ballot-papers at once. When I asked how it would be reflected in the list of the voters if I refuse to participate in the referendum she said that it would not be reflected there at all.
Therefore, as all the rest voters in Belarus I was refused in the right to free participation in the elections and the referendum which is secured by article 5 of the electoral code: “The elections (..) of the deputies of the Chamber of Representatives, (...) participation in the referendum is free: the voter and the participant of the Referendum decides personally whether to participate in the elections or referendum and what to vote for”.
This is a most vivid violation of the voters’ rights in the whole Belarus.
This appears true once again: no matter how they vote it matters how they count.

Tatsiana Raviaka, human rights center “SPRING”