Tendency remains the same: observers cannot receive information

2008 2008-09-28T19:49:28+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

No information is given to observer Volha Kulazhyna at polling station #24 of electoral constituency #84.

‘The head of the electoral commission pointed at the place where I was to have sat calmly and silently’, says the observer. ‘However, when I came to find about the number of the people who had voted early, the number of the ballots received by the electoral commission and the number of the persons who were registered at this polling stations, the head of the commission told me only the number of the electors who were registered at the polling station. She refused to give any more information and said that the commission was not obliged to do it.’

The observer phoned to the Central electoral commissions and was told that the commission was to have given such information to her. Then she passed the receiver to a member of the commissions, as the head of the commission was absent. However, when the head of the commission returned and was information about the instructions received from the Central electoral commission, she still said that she would not give any information.

‘At the same time’, says Volha Kulazhyna, ‘the observers from governmental organizations are just called observers: they pay no interests to the numbers and any interest to the electoral process at all’.

Uladzimir Shytsikau, observer at polling station #16 of electoral constituency #34 could not receive any information about the turnout.

‘As of 11 a.m. on 28 September’, says Shytsikau, ‘171 electors voted. I asked the head of the commission Volha Uladzimirava to voice the commission’s numbers. She said that it would be done later. By 1 p.m. I counted already 232 electors and again applied to her with the same request. She again said: ‘Later’. Finally, the head of the commission refused to give any information to the observer and said that he could manipulate it otherwise.

Election observer Siarhei Sinitski expressed the intention to attend the counting of votes at polling station #30 of Babruisk-Leninskaya electoral constituency #78, but received a refusal. He composed an act about it and directed it to the constituency electoral commission and to the Central electoral commission.

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