Central election commission ignores the demand of political parties

2008 2008-09-05T20:02:40+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Central election commission didn’t agree on including a question on checking legality of precinct election commissions’ formation into the agenda of its latest session.

The proposal was initiated by representatives of the opposition political parties, who are CEC members with a consultative vote, BelaPAN writes.

A representative of the United Civil Party Uladzimir Ramanouski noted that ‘the task of considering legality during the election campaign is among the control functions of the Central Election Commission’.

Besides, he noted that this issue should be view in regard of ‘gross violations in formation of some polling stations commissions’. In his view, considering of these issues will help to hold free election in Belarus.

The CEC head Lidziya Yarmoshyna stated that the central Commission never considered such general questions. ‘We perform control functions in concrete work, in particular when considering complaints,’ she noted. ‘We needed to check formation order of 6.523 polling stations commissions and 110 district commissions, which is impossible, to discuss a question proposed by the political parties at the CEC sitting. There’s no sense in cursory considering of the issue.’

Besides, the CEC refused to consider a question on including a provision of the Convention on Standards for Free and Democratic Election in CIS Members States, concerning the rights of observers, into one of the commission’s decree and recommendations given to members of precinct election commissions. L.Yarmoshyna emphasized that Belarus had just joined the Convention, but this document hadn’t been ratified by the parliament.