Baranavichy: Siarhei Housha filed complaint to Central Election Commission

2010 2010-11-03T23:19:57+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 observer Siarhei Housha filed a complaint with the Central Election Commission concerning actions of the Baranavichy Town Territorial Election Commission (TEC).

He states that he had repeatedly asked the Brest TEC to inform him about the date and time of the sitting where the signature sheets passed to the commissions by the campaign teams of the potential candidates for president would be counted and a part of them would be selected for verification. On 30 October the member of the election commission Leanid Chukho answered Mr. Housha that the sitting hadn’t taken place and he would be obligatory invited there as an observer.

However, on 1 November in the morning the commission Chairperson Tatsiana Latyshava stated that the sitting had already taken place on 29 October and the signatures sheets were being verified, and Mr. Housha wasn’t informed about it because she was on vacation (!?). When Siarhei Housha asked to be admitted to verification of signatures in accordance with his application, she answered that such a right wasn’t provided by the law.

Thus, in the opinion of Housha, the Baranavichy TEC violates one of the main principles of the election - the principle of openness and transparency, creating artificial obstacles to his lawful activities as observer.

In view of these facts Siarhei Housha asks the CEC to:

1) give a legal assessment to the actions of the Baranavichy TEC;

2) amend Ruling #49 of the Central Election Commission dated 15 September 2010  On the procedure of part 3 of Article 13 of the Electoral Code of Belarus during the preparation and holding of presidential elections in Belarus in 2010 to ensure that the territorial and precinct election commissions obligatory inform the accredited observers about the date and time of their sittings.

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