Vileika: Two initiative groups not registered for “law breaking”
On July 24th, at 2.30 p.m. a session of Vileika district election commission # 64 took place. The commission was to consider 4 applications for registration of initiative groups of the following candidates: Spilnichenka, Anikeyenka, Australenka, and Vinahradau.
Deputy head of the commission brought two statements to the session. One statement came from Mr. Australenka, who decided to drop out of the race. The second paper brought by Shykalina was a statement from Mr. Adamovich from Vyhlavichy village, member of Zmitser Vinahradau’s initiative group. The statement said the following: “I was included in the initiative group without my knowledge about that”. On the basis of the statement the commission refused to register Zmitser Vinahradau. Vinahradau is on the UDF unified list of parliamentary candidates. Only two initiative groups were registered: the group of TMA director Spilchanka (19 people) and the group of incumbent MP Anikeyenka (34 people).
Vinahradau’s campaign manager Vital Ananka claims Adamovich wrote the statement under pressure from the local vertical.
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