Vitsebsk authorities prefer to form local electoral commissions in secret

2008 2008-08-12T18:40:30+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 12 August the sittings on forming of local electoral commissions were held at Vitsebsk district executive committee and at Chyhunachny district electoral committee of Vitsebsk took place.

The sitting at Vitsebsk DEC started at 7.45 am and lasted for 15 minutes only. However, during this short time the choice of personnel for 39 electoral commissions was allegedly made. The journalist Valery Shchukin was informed about the time of this sitting 7 minutes before its beginning. Nevertheless, he managed to come on time, which was quite surprising for the authorities. At the sitting it was found that 30 persons were not included in electoral commissions. Their names were not told.

On 11 August, about 10 minutes till the end of the working day, the administrations of Kastrychnitski and Pershamaiski district electoral commissions of Vitsebsk were telling that the date and place of the appropriate sittings had not been determined yet. Later it was found that both administrations held their sittings in secret. The interested parties were informed about it only after the end of these events.

Human rights activists for free elections