Hrodna region: courts side with local authorities
the Leninski District Court of Hrodna Liudmila Zhukouskaya considered as
groundless the complaint against the non-inclusion of a 21-year-old member of
the United Civil Party in a precinct election commission (PEC). In the
Kastrychnitski District Court, Judge Valiantsina Mokhan turned down the
complaint against the non-inclusion of 8 members of the UCP, though during the
trial it was discovered that the documents for the nomination of
representatives of pro-governmental organizations to the PECs were drawn with violation of the legal
requirements. By the way, now the UCP members demand a graphologic expertise of
these documents and are going to continue struggling for justice.
Judge of the Astravets District Court Henadz Yankouski dismissed the complaint agaisnt the non-inclusion of 25 representatives of the United Civil Party.
Thus, the courts evidently sided with the local administrations and didn’t grant the complaints of any democratic parties against the non-inclusion of their representatives in the PECs. Independent observers consider it as an eloquent manifestation of the adverse discrimination of pro-democratic parties in the electoral process.
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