Baranavichy: ruling about formation of precinct commissions is appealed at court

2010 2010-11-05T22:34:32+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 5 November the Chairperson of the Baranavichy town organization of the Belarusian Language Society (BLS) Viktar Syrytsa (pictured) applied to the Baranavichy Town Court with a complaint against the ruling of the Baranavichy Town Executive Committee (TEC) concerning the formation of the precinct election commissions on the territory of the town.

The reason is that the town organization of the BLS had nominated to the PECs its representatives Siarhei Housha, Ryhor Hryk and Karnei Piatrovich. However, none of them were included in the commissions. As the BLS members point in their complaint, the Baranavichy TEC adopted the compositions of 66 precinct election commissions for 6 minutes. The present officials voted for the lists of members of all PECs at once, without discussing any of the candidacies. The BLS representatives, who were present at the sitting, didn’t receive an answer why they weren’t included in the commissions.

In his complaint Viktar Syrytsa argues that according to the Electoral Code the number of members in a precinct commission can vary from 5 to 19. However, none of the formed PECs have the maximal number of members. The nominated representatives of the Belarusian Language Society are well-known public activists who have a great experience of participation in electoral campaigns of different levels (S.Housha and K.Piatrovich even participated in international election observation missions). Therefore, there were good reasons to include them in the election commissions.

In his complaint Mr. Syrytsa asks the court to declare invalid the ruling of the Baranavichy TEC of 3 November and to oblige the committee to adopt a new ruling, according to which representatives of the Belarusian Language Society will be included in the PECs.

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