Hrodna region: ‘terrorist acts’ of opposition as the last argument for early voting

2010 2010-12-14T22:16:45+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The facts of forced early voting have been registered in several districts of the Hrodna region. For instance, 12 of the people who are serving their terms of corrective labor in the open penitentiary establishment in the Masty district (not far from the town of Lunna), were taken to the Lunna election precinct in the morning of 14 December.

A member of the precinct election commission Liavon Karpovich (representative of the Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada) thinks that it was done on decision of the administration of the penitentiary institution, which is witnessed by the fact that its representative was present at the election precinct.

A platoon of soldiers of the frontier service was brought to electoral precinct #113, located in the building of secondary school #11 in Hrodna. The commandant of the platoon refused to talk with a journalist.

Another case of coercion to early voting was registered in the state enterprise Ablspazhyusayuz in Valkovich Street. Its workers were summoned for an assembly during their working hours. The Deputy Head of the enterprise Dzmitry Kryzhanouski and the Chairperson of the personnel department Liudmila Dziiachenka agitated them to vote early. They even tried to scare the people by saying that the Election Day was quite dangerous, as the state structures informed about the possible terrorist acts that were allegedly being prepared by the opposition.

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