Opposition candidates are unwelcome in Zelva
Ivan Sheha (Belarusian Popular Front Party) and
Mikhail Karatkevich (Belarusian Leftist Party “Fair World”) who run for the
Parliament at election constituency #58 came to Zelva to specify the details of
their meeting with the electors at the district Culture Palace.
A meeting with another candidate, Ala Sopikava, has been appointed there well
in advance, and appropriate posters have been posted as well.
However, nobody was able to answer where Sheha and Karatkevich could hang out their posters and when they could arrange an electoral meeting at the Culture Palace. The head of the palace stated that he would retire the next day and he didn't want to solve this question. The deputy head of the palace told the candidates to go to the head of the culture department of the Zelva District Executive Committee Halina Ramanchuk. The head of the culture department met them not quite politely and with some circumspection. She said that she would provide the hall for the meeting only on permission of the Zelva District Executive Committee. She agreed to appoint the day of the meeting and showed the places where they could hang out their posters only after they said they would go to the Zelva DEC and write some complaints there.
“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”