Central Election Commission approves secrecy during verification of signatures

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The Central Election Commission dismissed a complaint of the observer of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Leanid Markhotka.

Mr. Markhotka, an observer accredited at the Salihorsk District Election Commission, applied to the commission before the verification of signatures and asked to be admitted to the process of their verification. ‘As a rule, observers are invited only to the resulting sittings, where the numbers are voiced. It is impossible to control the process of the verification. The Electoral Code doesn’t prohibit election commissions to let observers monitor the process of the verification, which was emphasized in my address,’ commented Mr. Markhotka.

The Salihorsk District Election Commission didn’t let Mr. Markhotka observer the process, as a result of which he applied to the Central Election Commission. The latter didn’t grant his complaint and answered that ‘signatures are verified by members of election commissions outside of official sittings, and therefore observers have no right to be present during it’.

The wish to watch the verification of signatures at the Salihorsk DEC was also expressed by members of the campaign team of Uladzimir Niakliayeu. However, the DEC refused to admit them to the verification because ‘it is not provided by the law’.

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