New information about composition of precinct election commissions

2010 2010-11-12T19:30:32+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Orsha district

The analysis of the personnel of the PECs of the Orsha district shows that there is the greatest representation of the Belarusian Union of Women in them – its nominees were included in 38 out of 43 commissions. There are representatives of the Belarusian republican association of veterans in 35 PECs, and representatives of the Trade Union of Agricultural Industry – in 34.

Somebody may also start thinking that there’s an Academy of Science somewhere in the fields of the Orsha district – there are 28 representatives of the Trade Union of Research Workers in the PECs. The Belarusian Republican Union has 27 representatives there and Belaya Rus – 18.

The number of oppositionists, however, is limited to two representatives of the Belarusian Leftist Party Fair World.

The PECs of the town of Orsha held their organizational sittings these days. All of them followed the same scenario – they were opened by a representative of the Orsha Town Executive Committee who proposed the candidacies of the commission chairperson, deputy chairperson and secretary. As a rule, the commissions voted for these candidacies without any discussion. Meanwhile, most of these candidates also occupied such positions during the previous election. There are many schoolmasters, heads of enterprises and state institutions among them.

There are just 8 representatives of the opposition in the PECs of Orsha: 7 members of the Fair World and 1 member of the United Civil Party. All of them were invited to the organizational sittings, but none were elected to the aforementioned administrative positions.


On 9 November 2010 the state-owned newspaper Nash Krai published the lists of members of precinct election commissions that differ greatly from the ruling of the Baranavichy Town Executive Committee on the formation of the commissions. In particular, according to the ruling PEC #6 has 12 members, and 24 – according to the newspaper publication, and PEC #27 – 13 (12 according to the newspaper). There are also mistakes in the list of PEC #39.

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