Homel: Central Election Commission again sees no violations of Lukashenka’s campaign team

2010 2010-11-04T23:52:47+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/gomel-vitra-3.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Homel human rights defender Anatol Paplauny received an answer to his complaint about violations of the law by the campaign team of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. The complaint concerned the collection of signatures by Viktoryia Siomina on the territory of the enterprise Vipra of the Belarusian Association of the Deaf during the working hours. According to Mr. Paplauny, the workers of the enterprise formed a line to put their signatures, from which one can assume that this process was organized by the administration of the enterprise, which is also a gross violation of the law.

Anatol Paplauny demanded that the Central Election Commission held a check-up of these facts and issued a warning to the campaign team of Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

However, the CEC answer alleges that there were no violations. The human rights defender is informed that a check-up of the aforementioned facts was held with participation of the Chairperson of the Homel Region Election Commission Mikalai Stosh, the signatures had been collected during the dinner break and at the check-up of the enterprise. And Siomina hadn’t showed him the passport as he had allegedly demanded it in a rude form and hindered her in collecting the signatures. 

’Everything was vice-versa: signatures were collected during the working hours and on the territory of the enterprise – I have the photos that show where Siomina sat. It was the deputy head of the enterprise on ideology Mikalai Charneika who come up to us while we were having a talk and prohibited her to show her passport,’ says Mr. Paplauny.

The photos show well enough where the signatures were really collected.

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