Gender misbalance in Hrodna PECs

2010 2010-11-10T01:55:23+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A detailed analysis of the composition of the precinct election commissions of Hrodna shows a great prevalence of women. For instance, there are 779 people in the 66 PECs of the Leninski district of Hrodna, 557 (74%) of which are women. Some commissions consist solely of women: PEC ##31, 35, 52, 57 and 58. There is just one man in each of the following commissions: PEC#6, 9, 14, 17, 27, 30, 34, 39 and 54. A similar situation is observed in the PECs of the Kastrychnitski district of Hrodna.

Independent observer explain such strange misbalance by the fact that Belarusian women are much more socially dependent and it is more simple to exercise administrative pressurization on them, which is done by the executive authorities.

It’s worth mentioning that the bulk of the representatives that were nominated to the Hrodna PECs by the opposition are men. However, most of them weren’t included in the commissions.

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