Orsha officials try to deceive OSCE observers

2010 2010-12-09T22:50:10+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/osce_nazirannie.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The meeting of members of the electoral teams of democratic candidates with OSCE observers in Orsha left interesting impressions. According to the international observers, officials of the Orsha Town Executive Committee said that only one of them had been included in the town election commission. In fact, there are two of them: Ina Khamutouskaya, executive officer of the Orsha TEC, and Aleh Smirnouski – Chairperson of the department of youth affairs.

The meeting of the OSCE observers with the regional mass media brought even more moving news: the state-owned Arshanskaya Hazeta and the private TV Company SKIF and newspaper Telecom-express said nothing about the electoral meetings of the candidates Kastusiou, Niakliayeu and Rymasheuski with residents of Orsha because they weren’t invited to them. Of course, they couldn’t come to the meetings on their own, and the oral invitation made by the electoral team of Uladzimir Niakliayeu doesn’t count here. They can come to such events only on a written invitation. It’s quite strange that such modesty and shyness of these mass media manifest only towards opposition candidates.

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