Representatives of non-existent commissions keep walking in Svetlahorsk

2010 2010-11-02T17:27:09+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The case of the ‘representative’ of the precinct election commission, which was reported earlier, is not the only one in Svetlahorsk (Homel region). The women who visit people’s apartments and verify the lists of electors introduce themselves as members of precinct election commissions. Meanwhile, the commission hasn’t been formed yet.

Here is what one of the tenants of house #63 in the Pershamaiski suburb said:

’On Sunday 31 October a woman paid visits to the apartments in our porch, verifying the information in the lists of electors. She called herself a member of the precinct election commission and said that she worked at secondary school #6. When I asked whether the commission had been already established, she answered yes, and added that she verified the lists of electors on the schoolmaster’s order.’

House 63 is on the territory of the Palesski precinct #11 of Svetlahorsk. Bear in mind that only the territories of the precincts have been determined so far, and the commissions are to be formed on 3 November, the term set by the Central Election Commission according to the Electoral Code.

Bear in mind that on 28 October the Svetlahorsk District Procuracy received a statement about misconduct by those who call themselves representatives of the precinct election commissions that hadn’t been established by that time. The local opposition believes that the situation has a simple explanation: the authorities picket up the people who will work in the commissions long before 31 October, the day when the nomination to commissions officially finished.

’I passed to the Svetlahorsk District Executive Committee the documents about the nominbation of three representatives of the party to precinct commissions,’ says the member of the BPF Party Vadzim Bolbas who lives in the Pershamaiski suburb (pictured). ‘But I think that the authorities won’t include anyone from opposition in the commissions again.’

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