Hrodna: candidate of BPF Party withdraws from elections
Mikola Lemianouski, a member of the Hrodna organization of the Belarusian Popular Front Party, refused to run for the Hrodna city Council of Deputies at election constituency #22, where he was registered as a candidate. He addressed the Hrodna city election commission with a detailed explanation of his position. He states that there is no real democratization of the electoral process despite the supplements that were introduced in the Election Code, and emphasizes that representatives of democratic parties weren’t included in precinct commissions (in particular, only 1 out of 16 nominees of the BPF Party was included in a precinct commission).
Mr. Lemianouski also puts to doubt the legitimacy of formation of election commissions in Hrodna and states that there is no sense to run for local councils in such situation. That’s why he decided to withdraw from the elections.
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