Homel: observer applies to Central Election Commission

2010 2010-12-03T18:30:11+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/brsmagitacyja.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Anatol Paplauny, an observer registered at the Homel Region Election Commission, applied to the Central Election Commission with a complaint about violation of requirements of the electoral legislation by activists of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM).

The reason was that starting from 1 December BRSM activists (pictured) handed out the electoral program of Lukashenka at the railway station of Homel.

’Being an observer, I asked them a natural question why this program was distributed without imprint and information about the organization or persons who are responsible for its issue, to which the BRSM activists answered that they prepared copies of this program by Xerox and then distributed them.

I am of the opinion that the abovementioned facts violate the electoral legislation, namely Article 45 of the Electoral Code of the Republic of Belarus which prohibits the distribution of agitation materials without imprint including information about the circulation and the organization or the persons that are responsible for their issue.

I ask you to hold a check-up on these facts and issue a warning to the electoral team of A.Lukashenka about the inadmissibility of violations of the electoral legislation.’

I ask you to inform me in writing about the measures taken.


1. The original of the electoral program of the candidate for President Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

3 December 2010                     A. Paplauny

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