Mahiliou: observer Barys Bukhel gets expelled from polling station

2008 2008-09-28T21:57:45+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The election observer Barys Bukhel has been expelled from polling station #95 of electoral constituency #86 in Mahiliou. He was expelled for an attempt to make a photo of counting of votes by members of the electoral commission.

‘As soon as I started taking photos, a pro-governmental ‘observer’ ran up to the head of the commission Vasil Kitsikau and told him about it. Then a policeman guarded me out of the polling station,’ says Mr. Bukhel.

According to the observer, the counting of votes was conducted very quickly. Observers were not allowed to come closer than ten meters to the table where this ‘counting’ was conducted.

Human rights activists for free elections