Results of verification of signatures in support of potential candidates (information from regions…)
On 5 November the Slutsk District Election Commission announced the results of the verification of the signature sheets that had been passed to it by the campaign teams of the potential candidates for President of Belarus.
The greatest number of signatures was passed by the campaign team of A.Lukashenka – 12,852. The commission verified 2,570 signatures, 12 of which (0.5%) of which were found invalid.
The campaign team of Uladzimir Niakliayeu had passed to the commission 1,627 signatures, 1,610 of which were declared valid. Invalid were found 16 signatures in support of Yaraslau Ramanchuk, - he has 1,408 valid signatures. Ales Mikhalevich has 1,341 and Ryhor Kostuseu – 1,179 valid signatures. 997 out of 1,006 signatures in support of Andrei Sannikau were declared valid as well.
Subject to additional verification were signatures in support of Vital Rymasheuski and Viktar Tsiareshchanka. As a result 2 out of 42 signatures in support of Rymasheuski and 16 out of 17 signatures in support of Tsiareshchanka were found valid.
The sitting was attended by two observers and a journalist of the regional newspaper Infa-Kur’er.
The Pinsk City Election Commission summed up the results of the verification of signatures on 6 November. According to the information that was voiced by the Chairperson, no invalid signatures were discovered only in the signature lists of Uladzimir Niakliayeu. Aliaksandr Lukashenka has 13 invalid signatures, Ales Mikhalevich – about 2% out of the total number of the passed signatures, and Ryhor Kastusiou – even more than 14%. Most mistakes were made by collectors of signatures during filling the signature sheets. Some residents of Pinsk also applied to the commission to revoke their signatures (most of them had signed in support of Viktar Tsiareshchanka).
The sitting was attended by observer Viktar Yarashuk, who received an appropriate invitation in advance.
About 9,000 signatures were collected in support of A.Lukashenka in Drahichyn, and 6 of them were found invalid. No defects were discovered in the signature sheets of Ryhor Kostuseu, Uladzimir Niakliayeu and Uladzimir Sannikau.
Officers of the Drahichyn District Executive Committee were surprised to find that as many as 348 people had signed in support of Uladzimir Niakliayeu.
The Biaroza District Election Commission held a sitting concerning the verification of the signatures in support of the potential candidates for president.
The observers Siarzhuk Rusetski and Tamara Shchapiotkina received invitations to the event. According to the announced information, the commission found invalid 5 out of 1,633 signatures in support of Uladzimir Niakliayeu and 23 out of 10,572 signatures in support of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. There weren’t found any invalid signatures in the signature sheets of Ryhor Kostuseu, Aliaksei Mikhalevich, Yaraslau Ramanchuk, Vital Rymasheuski, Andrei Sannikau and Viktar Tsiareshchanka.
On 7 November the Zhodzina Town Election Commission held a sitting to sum up the results of the verification of signatures. The commission conducted additional verification of signatures in support of Mikalai Statkevich, Ryhor Kostuseu and Viktar Tsiareshchanka. As a result, all signatures in support of Kostuseu and Statkevich were annulled, as the number of invalid signatures among those that had been selected for verification exceeded 15% (15.8% out of 395 signatures in support of Statkevich and 30.4% out of 158 – in support of Kostuseu).
No invalid signatures were found in the signature sheets of Vital Rymasheuski and Andrei Sannikau. 2 signatures in the signature sheets of A.Lukashenka, A.Mikhalevich and Ya.Ramanchuk, and 10 signatures in support of Uladzimir Niakliayeu were found invalid.
Thus, the commission announced the number of signatures in support of each candidate that were found valid:
A.Lukashenka – 6,192, U.Niakliayeu – 2,204, A.Mikhalevich – 1,293, V.Tsiareshchanka – 1,240, Ya.Ramanchuk – 746, A.Sannikau – 700, and V.Rymasheuski – 131.
Orsha (town and district)
On 7 November the Orsha town and the Orsha district election commissions held sittings to sum up the results of the verification of signatures. Almost all signatures in support of all potential candidates were found valid.
The only incident took place during the sitting of the Orsha Town Election Commission that ‘lost’ more than 600 signatures in support of Dzmitry Us. However, the mistake was corrected after the commission recounted the signatures on demand of the members of his campaign team Natallia Artsiomenka and Mikalai Zakharau.
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