Verification of signatures in support of candidates for president in Mazyr

2010 2010-11-03T20:43:07+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 2 November the Mazyr District Election Commission held a sitting to verify the signatures that had been collected in support of nomination of candidates for president of the Republic of Belarus. According to the commission Chairperson Mikhail Pashynski, the commission received signatures in support of 7 candidates.

6,878 signatures were collected in support of A.Lukashenka and all of them were accepted for consideration, whereas defects were found in the signatures passed for all other candidates. In particular, the commission found invalid 69 out of 1,732 collected in support of Aliaksei Mikhalevich, 6 out of 349 signatures in support of Uladzimir Niakliayeu, 19 out of 820 signatures in support of Yaraslau Ramanchuk, 54 out of 1,170 signatures in support of Vital Rymasheuski, 36 out of 1,281 signatures in support of Andrei Sannikau and 6 out of 801 signatures in support of Viktar Tsiareshchanka.

The head of the district election commission turned the attention of the commission members that the head of the Mazyr police was given an errand to draw an expert in criminalistics and workers of the department of citizenship and migration to verification of the validity of signatures.

According to the observer Uladzimir Tseliapun who attended the sitting, the secretary of the commission selected 20% of signatures for verification in advance and passed them to the commission members in a separate room in the absence of the observer. U.Tseliapun asked the head of the commission to show him the signatures lists of Lukashenka, Mikhalevich and Tsiareshchanka. However, the commission let him see only signature lists of Lukashenka, but refused to show the lists of Mikhalevich and Tsiareshchanka.

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