Information about results of verification of signatures in Belarusian regions (continued)
The Maskouski and the Leninski district election commissions of Brest finished the verification of signatures in support of the nomination of candidates for President of Belarus. According to the preliminary information, the commissions didn’t annul signatures in support of any candidates except for Uladzimir Pravalski.
According to the human rights defender Barys Bukhel, the Kastrychnitski District Election Commission of Mahiliou doesn’t give any information about the results of the verification of signatures.
’On 9 November I came to the commission to find how many signatures had been declared invalid,’ says Mr. Bukhel. ‘However, the member of the commission Aliaksandr Ivanenka (the first secretary of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union in the Kastrychnitski district of Mahiliou) refused to tell anything about it. When I asked about the reasons, he said that an appropriate decision had been taken at a sitting of the commission.’
Later Barys Bukhel also phoned to the commission secretary, Volha Siniakina, but she didn’t inform him about the number of invalid signatures either and confined herself to saying that all candidates passed the verification of signatures.
The Baranavichy Town Election Commission held a press-conference on the results of the verification of signatures. The event was organized by its Chairperson Tatsiana Latyshava. According to her, the campaign team of Dzmitry Us collected the greatest number signatures after that of Aliaksandr Lukashenka – 6,648. Next to Dzmitry Us come Mikalai Statkevich – 6,382 signatures and Aliaksei Mikhalevich – 5,495 signatures.
As a result of the verification, the commission declared invalid 14.6% of signatures in support of Uladzimir Niakliayeu, 12.8% - for Ryhor Kastusiou and 9.7% - for Vital Rymasheuski.
The commission Chairperson also told with honor that only the observer of the Belarusian Language Society Siarhei Housha complained to the Central Election Commission about the work of the Baranavichy TEC.
There were almost no surprises in the Talachyn district – the signatures in support of any out of the 10 pretenders for presidency weren’t annulled. The greatest number signatures were collected in support of Aliaksandr Lukashenka – about 7,000.
The only surprising thing is the number of signatures in support of Uladzimir Niakliayeu and Vital Rymasheuski – 1,000 for each, whereas the total population of Talachyn is about 30,000.
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