Nomination of representatives to precinct commissions is over (information from the regions)
Political parties and other civil associations, working collectives and citizens have the right to nominate their representatives to precinct election commissions. As stated by Mikalai Lazavik, secretary of the Central commission on elections and holding of republican referenda, a total of 6,387 precinct commissions will be established in Belarus. 279 commissions will be situated in patient care institutions and 48 – in military units.
According to the Belarusian legislation, precinct election commissions can consist of 5-19 persons. In practice, there are usually 5-13 members. The deadline for the establishment of the precinct commissions is 10 March.
28 representatives of democratic forces were nominated to precinct commissions. The greatest activity was demonstrated by the Belarusian Christian Democracy, whose members nominated 20 persons. 3 persons were nominated by the Belarusian Social Democratic Party Hramada and 2 0 by the Belarusian Party of United Leftists Fair World. After a long hesitation, 3 persons were also nominated by the free trade union. As said by its Chairperson, Mikhail Kavalkou, taking into account all that is happening at this election campaign the trade union members don’t have a great wish to take part in it. However, they decided to get nominated to the commissions. Members of the Babruisk organization of the Belarusian Popular Front decided not to take part in the local elections and didn't nominate their representatives to precinct commissions.
In Brest oblast, oppositional parties nominated 75 representatives. 14 of them (13 – in Brest) were nominated by the Belarusian Social Democratic Party Hramada, 28 (19 in Brest) – by the Belarusian Popular Front Party, 26(16 in Brest) by the Fair World and 7 in Brest – by the United Civil Party.
In the city of Baranavichy, at total of three representatives were nominated to precinct election commissions by BPF and the Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada. Ales Hrytsavets, member of the Brest oblast BPF organization, was nominated to precinct commission #29. Siarhei Housha, member of the Brest oblast BPF organization – to precinct commission #24. Karnei Piatrovich, member of BSDH, was nominated to precinct commission #2 by collection of electors' signatures.
As said by Mikhail Vasiliieu, Chairperson of the Barysau district UCP organization, the list of UCP candidates to precinct commissions was passed to the Barysau district territorial election commission on 5 March. A total of 120 precincts were established on the territory of the Barysau district.
The Homel coalition of the United Democratic Forces nominated about 200 persons to the precinct election commissions. More than 100 of them were nominated by the Belarusian Party of United Leftists Free World (31 in Homel, 15 in Zhlobin and 12 in Rechytsa) and more than 90 – by the United Civil Party (65 of them – in Homel). The coalition also reserves the right to withdraw its candidates from the elections if its representatives aren’t included in the precinct commissions. As said by Vasil Paliakou, Chairperson of the Homel oblast organization of the United Civil Party, the probability of such actions is very high because during the previous elections people were admitted to precinct commissions on very rare occasions. About 40 UCP members intend to run for the local Soviets. On 28 February the council of the Homel UCP organization nominated Aliaksandr Karotchanka as a candidate to the Homel oblast Soviet of Deputies at the Roshchynskaya election constituency #5. Ihar Sluchak was nominated candidate to the Homel city Soviet of Deputies at the Moladzevaya election constituency #30.
In Svislach (Hrodna oblast), BSDH nominated 4 representatives to precinct election commissions. Three more civil and political activists were nominated to the commissions by collecting electors' signatures.
The civil and political activists of Slonim demonstrated a considerable activity in the process of nomination of pretenders to precinct election commissions – 26 persons were nominated to the commissions by collection of electors' signatures. As stated by Ivan Sheha, member of the BPF Party, in some cases there are even two nominees to a precinct commission.
According to information of Ivan Kruk, UCP activist from Astravets, the local organization of the party nominated 2 representatives to precinct commissions. It also intends to nominate 2 more persons on the last day, by collection of electors' signatures.
In Orsha, the nomination of representatives to precinct commissions came to an end. Practically all political parties nominated their representatives to the commissions. 10 representatives were nominated by the Fair World, 3 – by BPF, 3 – by BCD, 2 – by UCP and w – by BSDP Hramada. As a rule, the parties nominate their representatives to the precinct commissions located on the territory of the constituencies where their candidates intend to run.
The Belarusian Party of United Leftists Fair World was the first to submit to the Orsha town executive committee and the Orsha district executive committee the minutes of its plenum.
As it follows from the minutes, in Orsha representatives of the leftists were distributed in the following way: Mikalai Dziamidau was nominated to precinct commission #4, Volha Shaurova – to precinct commission #6, Mikhas Barada – to precinct commission #29, Valer Danenkau – to precinct commission # - to precinct commission #37, Siarhei Udavichenka – to precinct commission #38, Tamara Artsiomenka – to precinct commission #44, Anatol Artsiushkevich – to precinct commission #55. Three members of Fair World were nominated to precinct commissions situated in the Orsha district: Uladzimir Barshcheuski – to precinct commission #2,
Fadzei Shmarau – to precinct commission #30, Uladzimir Trayan – to precinct commission #33.
16 persons were nominated by non-governmental organizations in the Verkhniadzvinsk district. Five representatives of BSDH Hramada and three civil activists intend to run for the Soviets of Deputies in the Verkhniadzvinsk district. To be on the safe side, the Verkhniadzvinsk authorities nominate two candidates at each constituency where the oppositionists intend to run.
Pavel Batuyeu, Ivan Shyla and his parents Uladzimir and Sviatlana Shyla, were nominated to precinct commissions by collecting electors' signatures. All of them are members of the electoral team of Aliaksei Valabuyeu, who addressed the Salihorsk town executive committee with the request to include in the precinct commissions of his constituency at least one of the aforementioned persons, which would foster the openness and transparency of the elections. Members of Aleh Filenia's electoral team also hope to see their representatives in the precinct commissions. One of them, Mikalai Sharavar, was also nominated to a precinct commission by collecting electors' signatures.
Independent trade unions of the Fair World party decided not to nominate any representatives to precinct commissions
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