Salihorsk: materials of verification of signatures are kept in secret

2010 2010-11-15T22:22:16+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The observer at the Salihorsk District Election Commission (DEC), member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Leanid Markhotka wasn’t allowed to familiarize with materials of the verification of signature lists. L.Markhotka passed to the Salihorsk DEC a complaint about it right after the announcement of the scandalous results of the verification of signatures in the Salihorsk district.

The observer doesn’t dare to call the answer of the DEC an outright denial. ‘Lidziya Yarmoshyna keeps saying that the personnel for the election commissions of all levels are chosen according to their professional skills and experience. The answers that are given by the Salihorsk District Election Commission give reasons for serious doubts about it. To say that the answers to our inquiries are insubstantial is to say nothing. They aren’t just judicially illiterate, but illogical and abstract. My request to give the opportunity to familiarize with the materials of verification of the electors’ signatures is answered with the statement that ‘in the necessary cases the validity of the signatures of electors in the signature lists can be checked by the regional and the Minsk city election commissions within 5-day term’. You should guess about the rest,’ comments Mr. Markhotka.

The observer is of the opinion that by giving abstract answers the Salihorsk DEC tries to escape the responsibility for violations of the electoral legislation (in particular, Article 13, part 1 of the Electoral Code, which guarantees the openness and transparency during the preparation and holding of elections). The human rights defender is going to file an appropriate complaint with the procuracy.

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