Representative of Fair World party included in Vitsebsk regional election commission

2013 2013-12-28T13:19:56+0300 2013-12-28T13:19:56+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

13 of 17 applicants were included in the regional election commission. The nominees represented political parties and public associations (10 persons), as well as citizens by submitting applications (6 persons), and labor collectives (1 person).

Mikalai Selivashka, chairman of the regional office of the Belarusian Left Party "Fair World", will be the only local pro-democratic activist to be elected to the commission. Deputy chairman of the BPF’s regional branch, Kanstantsin Smolikau, was not included in the commission. The nomination of human rights activist Pavel Levinau was also denied.

Part from Mikalai Selivashka, the regional election commission includes members of the LDP, the PBC, and the Republican Party of Labor and Justice. Several people represent pro-government NGOs – "Belaya Rus", the Belarusian Republican Youth Union, the Belarusian Association of Veterans, the Belarusian Union of Women, trade union organizations.

According to chairman of Vitsebsk regional executive committee Aliaksandr Kosinets, these elections will be held in the year of the 70th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from the Nazi invaders in the period of preparation for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory, and therefore "it is necessary to conduct the campaign at the highest organizational level, openly and democratically."

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