Collection of signatures for Lukashenka is still accompanied with violations

2010 2010-10-15T16:32:09+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”


Doctors of the Baranavichy polyclinic #7 (located in Budaunikou Avenue, 37), invented a new technique of collecting signatures in support of nomination of Aliaksandr Lukashenka as a candidate for the presidential election.

'I came to the polyclinic to make fluorography, and there was a large queue there, ' said a dweller of the 6th suburb of Babruisk. 'In some time a nurse came out of the room and said that those who would sign for Lukashenka could get the fluorography out of turn. The people were very surprised at such a proposal,' said the woman.


Janitors of the dormitory of hospital #2 in Tomin Street, 12 collect signatures in support of Lukashenka during their working hours. Many questions arise in connection with this situation. For instance, whether the janitors are registered as members of the electoral team of Mr. Lukashenka. Moreover, the electoral teams of other potential candidates for president aren't allowed to collect signatures in dormitories almost anywhere in Belarus, that's why collection of signatures for Lukashenka in dormitories can be considered as creation of unequal conditions for different candidates.


Medics of the town polyclinic also proposed people to sign for Lukashenka during the working hours. Moreover, independent observers registered a number of cases when pediatricians asked people to sign
for Lukashenka when they were called for examining children at home. The medics explained to the parents that they were forced to collect signatures for Aliaksandr Lukashenka.


According to the local members of the electoral teams of democratic candidates for president, many electors told them about collection of signatures for Lukashenka during working hours. Meanwhile, the Belarusian legislation prohibits collecting signatures in support of the nomination of candidates for president during working hours.

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