Vileika: Uncontested election does not encourage people to vote

2008 2008-09-27T16:21:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The fact that the election in Vileika district is uncontested, with one official candidate running, leads to negative consequences for the voting process and the turn-out. Observers report, many people, when they see only one name in their ballot papers, do not even go inside the polling booths. They simply throw the ballot papers out, often tearing them apart in a pointed manner.  There is only one candidate running in Vileika district # 61 which includes Vileika and Miadzel rayons. This is the pro-governmental candidate I. A. Spilchanka, head physician of Vileika hospital. Other contenders were pressed out of the race on the previous stages of the campaign, including head of Minsk regional BPF organization, Miadzel resident Dzmitry Vinahradau. Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections