Ivan Kruk appeals against non-registration of his initiative group

2010 2010-02-17T21:42:49+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/ivan_kruk.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Ivan Kruk

Ivan Kruk

The Astravets district territorial commission on elections to the Astravets district Soviet of Deputies refused to register Ivan Kruk’s initiative group established for collection of signatures in support of his candidacy at the Shkolnaya election constituency #2.

The official reason is that some people refused to enter the initiative group as a result of pressurization from the side of members of the election commission.

Ivan Kruk had passed the documents necessary for registration of the initiative group with the election commission back on 11 February. The documents were accepted by the commission member M.Ziamnitski in presence of his colleague T.Valeika at an office of the Astravets district executive committee.

As said by Mr. Kruk, on receiving the documents the commission members started intimidating the people who were on the list of members of the initiative group, rudely violating the provisions of Article 38 of the Constitution.

Ivan Kruk lodged with the Central Election Commission a claim against the non-registration of the initiative group, requiring a legal evaluation for actions of M.Ziamnitski and T.Valeika and asking the Astravets district prosecutor to hold a check-up on the facts of violation of the election legislation, the Constitution and the Criminal Code, and instigate a criminal case under Article 191 of the Criminal Code against the perpetrators.

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