Vitsebsk: observers will ‘watch’ their boss

2008 2008-09-28T14:05:17+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Seven observers have received registration at polling station #52 of Vitsebsk-Chkalauskaya electoral constituency #18. Five of them represent the state organs: Vitsebsk city executive committee, the district education department, the district committee of the official trade union, the district soviet of veterans and the Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM). Two more are representatives of the working collective and the trade union organization of the open stock company Malako (Milk). It is quite interesting that the electoral commission, the work of which they will allegedly watch has been formed from workers of the same company, and their boss, Nina Shubina, is the head of the commission.

Another peculiarity is that the polling station is situated in two rooms. The tables for issue of ballots and the observers’ places are in the first room, whereas the cabins for filling the ballots and the ballot boxes are in the other one. Thus, the observers cannot watch the process of voting at the polling station.

According to the official information, 41,3% (1084) voters voted early there.