Mahiliou: OSCE observers weren’t let to attend sitting of election commission for coming 2 minutes after its beginning

2010 2010-12-14T21:54:36+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

According to the human rights defender Barys Bukhel, on 13 December the OSCE observers who came to the sitting of the Mahiliou Region Election Commission two minutes after its beginning weren’t allowed to attend it.

’I informed the OSCE observers that the member of the commission representing the United Civil Party, Uladzimir Parfionau, will struggle for putting on the agenda of the sitting his proposal on additional plumbing of the ballot boxes and explaining Ruling #53 of the Central Election Commission (according to which observers will be provided with a real opportunity to observe the counting of the votes),’ said Mr. Bukhel.

Mr. Parfionau showed his proposals to the Chairperson of the commission, Valery Berastau, before the beginning of the sitting. ’The expression of Berastau’s face changed after he read them. He decided not to let the OSCE representatives to the sitting in order to prevent them from witnessing the discussion of these proposals,’ stated Mr. Bukhel. ‘He had a convenient reason for it – the observers came from another meeting and were several minutes late to the sitting.’

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