Vitsebsk region: shrewd losses among opposition parties
The opposition of Vitsebsk region have to a great extend lost opportunities to maintain large-scale participation in the election campaign, after it was announced that many of the pro-democratic activists were not registered by local election commissions.
The Belarusian Popular Front lost only one candidate – 9 out of 10 BPF activists running for the Vitsebsk Regional Council were registered by the election commission, except for Kastus Khalmachou, who was refused registration due to inaccuracies in his income declaration. The only BPF representative nominated for the Vitsebsk City Council – Aliaksandr Kuzniatsou – was not registered either, after the commission found that part of the signatures collected by his campaign team belonged to the residents of a different constituency.
Only 8 out of 16 activists nominated by the Belarusian Social-Democratic Party ‘Narodnaya Hramada’ were registered as candidates. The others’ applications were rejected after a number of voters withdrew their signatures.
Nearly half of the activists of the Belarusian Christian Democracy nominated for the local councils of Vitsebsk region were refused registration due to alleged fake signatures.
A number of famous public figures will be running for the local councils of the region: BPF members Kastus Smolikau and Leanid Autukhou, ‘For Freedom’ activist Khrystafor Zhaliapau and BCDPNH coordinator Aliaksei Haurutsikau.
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