Troubles with collection of signatures in Polatsk region

2008 2008-08-06T20:40:17+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

In Navapolatsk electoral district #25 two members of the initiative group of the member of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) Ihar Valiayeu were forced to refuse from their membership in the group by pressure at work. Other members of the initiative group were photographed by the police while going out of the house where they were collecting signatures. Then the policemen quickly got into their cars and drove away without offering any explanations. At the same time, some members of the initiative group of I.Antonava told those who signed for her that they had no right to sign in support of more than one candidacy.

In Hlybokaye electoral district #22 the local officials tried to protract registering of the signatures collected by members of the initiative group of Yaraslau Bernikovich, member of the Belarusian Popular Front Party. The officials were sending the people from one office to another for about an hour, and registered the signatures only after the latter ones said they would sit in the office of the head of Hlybokaye town executive committee till the signatures were registered.

In Lepel electoral district #23 there were registered some cases when signatures were collected in the working time (which is a violation of the electoral laws).

Human rights activists for free elections