Baranavichy: neither prosecutor, nor election commission give substantial answers to observer
On 4 October the election observer Viktar Meziak
received an answer from the deputy head of the election commission of the
Baranavichy-Easter constituency #6 Larysa Antonava in which it stated that no
violations of the electoral legislation were found at the polling station #19.
Back on 24 September, the day after the election, Viktar Meziak applied to the city prosecutor, pointing at concrete facts witnessing the absence of transparency and violation of Article 13 of the Electoral Code during the poll. The prosecutor just forwarded the appeal to the constituency election commission #6. However, the deputy head of the commission Larysa Antonava stated that it was he who violated Article 13 by interfering with the commission's work.
“I didn't violate any provisions of the electoral legislation, I sat quietly at a 7-meter distance from the place where the votes were calculated and didn't see anything. That's what I wrote in my statement and emphasized that the polling station election commission #19 created such conditions that one could observer anything but an honest calculation of votes,” said Viktar Meziak. “Now I will have to appeal to the prosecutor again, as the refusal of the constituency election commission #6 to consider my appeal on its merits and groundlessly accuses me of violations of the electoral legislation,” commented the observer.
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