Minsk resident demands to stop canvassing for unregistered pro-government candidate

2010 2010-03-25T19:59:49+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/mk-sajt.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Minsk resident Mrs. Tamara Siarhei lodged a complaint with the Central Election Commission against the violation of the electoral legislation, after election leaflets of still unregistered pro-government candidate Uladzimir Halaburda were reported to be distributed and a an interview with the candidate was published in the major Minski kurier state-owned newspaper.

‘The leaflets distributed on 12 March in the streets of Minsk and through mailboxes of the city’s residents invited voters to attend a canvassing meeting of Uladzimir Halaburda. The newspaper, in turn, published a positive review of the candidate’s activity as a current deputy of the Minsk City Council. This is a well-planned action, when Uladzimir Halaburda, who is not an officially registered candidate, used canvassing techniques while collecting the voters’ signatures,’ says Mrs. Siarhei.

The Central Election Commission redirected the claim to Minsk Savetski Election Commission, whose second meeting was attended by Mrs. Siarhei.

‘At the commission’s meeting I was told that they could question the activity of a deputy. I do not try to question his activity as a deputy, but I do have questions concerning a candidate, who was supported by early canvassing techniques,’ said the woman.

‘I am not satisfied with the oral answers of the election commission, for I realized that my claim had not been considered on the merits,’ says Tamara Siarhei, awaiting a written decision by the commission.

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