Vitebsk region: did the governor go on leave for the campaign period?
Article 77 of the Election Code demands: candidates to the Chamber of Representatives are to be dispensed from their official duties from the day of registration to the Election Day without keeping their salary.
However, Uladzimir Andreichanka, candidate in Hlybokaye district # 22, seems to ignore the Election Code.
The regional newspapers did not report that the head of Vitebsk oblast executive committee was on leave due to the election campaign. Moreover, the official newspapers continue to publish his portraits and interviews with the “governor”.
Another huge (taking the whole page) interview with Uladzimir Andreichanka (as the current head of the executive committee on duty) was published by regional newspapers Vitebski Rabochy and Narodnaye Slova on September 18th, 2008.
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