Brest: Ihar Maslouski appeals hidden agitation for pro-governmental candidate

2012 2012-08-02T17:23:39+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Ihar Maslouski, the leader of the Brest social-democrats running for the Parliament at Brest-Central election constituency #2, filed an appeal to the Brest-Central constituency election commission concerning election violations admitted by his rival, pro-governmental pretender Valiantsin Milasheuski, chief medic of the city ambulance hospital.
According to Milasheuski, immediately after the registration of the electoral team Milasheuski started an active agitation campaign with violations of the electoral legislation.

In particular, the state-owned newspaper “Zarya” (founded by the Brest Region Executive Committee and the Brest Region Council) published two articles about personal qualities and business merits of Valiantsin Milasheuski. In one of the publications he is presented as a successful head and reformed of a medical institution. The other one (in the form of interview) concerns the personal qualities of Milasheuski as a medical specialist and a man who “dedicated himself to serving people”. Thus, according to Mr. Maslouski, his rival conducts a hidden agitation with the use of means of state mass media, which cannot be done by other prospective candidates.

Moreover, during the collection of signatures by members of Maslouski's electoral team in the Brest suburb of Kavaliova more than ten citizens stated they had already signed in support of Milasheuski during visits to polyclinic #6. The author of the complaint concludes that the electoral team of Mr. Miklasheuski uses office room and work of the polyclinic personnel during the working hours for collection of signatures, which is prohibited by the law.

Ihar Maslouski asks the commission to take appropriate measures and reminds that in the case these violations are confirmed the commission has the right to refuse from registering the candidacy of Milasheuski. He also asks the commission to provide equal conditions for all prospective candidates by obliging the editorial board of “Zarya” to publish an article about him, on equal terms with Milasheuski.

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