Vitsebsk: double standards for candidates

2008 2008-09-12T19:04:21+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Recently the electoral commission of Vitsebsk-Chyhunachnaya constituency #19 has gathered for a sitting in order to take a decision on repeated broadcast of the speech of candidate Andrei Levinau (during the first broadcast the sound was suddenly cut off while Levinau was calling the electorate not to vote early).

The commission ruled that the spech was to be broadcast again only after the end of investigation of this incident. It is not known how long the investigation will continue, but there is less than a fortnight left to the end of the agitation stage. The commission also upheld the decision of the administration of Chyhunachny district police department of Vitsebsk to refuse Andrei Levinau in holding an electoral meeting with workers of this institution.

The constituency electoral commission also found legal the refusal of the administration of secondary school #2 to facilitate a meeting of Andrei Levinau with the parents who came to the school for a parents’ assembly.

On the other hand, on 3 September Levinau’s rival, pro-governmental candidate Siarhei Siamashka, had an electoral meeting at gymnasium #4, but Levinau was not allowed to speak there, though he came to this meeting.

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