Maladechna: district election commissions stages shows for observers
The Maladechna District Election Commission officially invites observers to
its sittings, but when they come ahead of time the commission members get
confused and refuse to let them in.
Observer Eduard Balanchuk came to the Maladechna District Election Commission in the evening of 29 Friday, before the end of the working hours, in order to specify the information about the number of the received signatures. He was surprised to see that all members of the commission were present and worked with signature sheets.
The Commission Chairperson, Mr. Kushniarevich, tried to show Eduard the door, but the latter answered that he was an officially registered observer and had the legal right to observer the work of the election commission. After this the official ordered members of the commission to go away.
The following day, on 30 October, the commission held a sitting to which observers had been invited officially. Having come there ahead of time, the observers saw that the members of the commission were walking with files and hurried to finish something. However, the observers weren’t admitted to the room where the commission worked till the beginning of the sitting.
According to Eduard Balanchuk, the signature sheets have been already looked through and sorted. Having looked at a signature sheet of a democratic candidate a representative of the commission said that too many signature sheets were filled in one hand and they most probably would be found invalid.
The Maladechna human rights defenders are going to clear the situation and demand a transparent work of the commission.
Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections