Mahiliou: observers of democratic parties and organizations are trying to get to first sittings of district electoral commissions
In Mahiliou the authorities do not accept the minutes for nomination of observers from Mahiliou human rights center, the Belarusian Popular Front Party, the Party of Communists Belarusian and Mahiliou city charitable organization Otklik. As a result the observers cannot get to the first sittings of the electoral commissions.
‘According to the law’, says the human rights activist Barys Bukhel, ‘the organizing sittings of the electoral commissions are to take place within three days since their establishment. Though this term is to start tomorrow, these sittings are very likely to be conducted today, at 3-5 p.m.’
One of the commissions, Mahiliou-Tsentral district electoral commission #85 has held its first sitting already. When the observer Zmitser Salauyou came to Mahiliou Leninski district executive committee to find when the first sitting of the commission would take place, he was informed about it.
The member of the council of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Uladzimir Krauchanka states that in this case the authorities violate Article 13 of the Electoral Code, On openness in the process of preparation and holding of elections.
Human rights activists for free elections