Brest: only 17 representatives of political parties were included in precinct commissions of Maskouski district
1,630 people were
nominated to the precinct election commissions of the Maskouski district of
Brest. 1,124 of them became members of the PECs.
Political parties nominated 84 representatives, but only 17 of them were included: 9 out of 45 nominees of the Belarusian Popular Front nominated, 2 of 16 – from the Belarusian Leftist Party Fair World, 2 out of 13 – from the Belarusian Social Democratic Party Hramada, 2 out of 9 – from the UCP and 2 out of 9 – from the pro-governmental Communist Party of Belarus.
The Chairperson of the Maskouski District Executive Committee of Brest Aliaksandr Rahachuk stated that candidates were included in the PECs proportionally to the number of the applications received from NGOs and political parties. ‘We didn’t offend anyone and were guided by the principle of objectiveness and fairness during the establishment of the commissions,’ said the official.
However, the human rights defender Uladzimir Vialichkin, who attended the sitting, disagrees with this allegation. ‘The inclusion of 17 representatives of parties out of 84 looks ridiculous. All statements about the proportional democratic selection are made for the people who know little about the situation and whose interests are represented by representatives of such organizations as Belaya Rus, the Belarusian Republican Youth Union and the Union of Veterans who were massively included in the commissions.’
Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections