Biaroza: 43 PECs established in three minutes

2014 2014-02-07T14:47:15+0300 2014-02-07T14:47:15+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

43 precinct election commission were established at a meeting of the Biaroza District Executive Committee. Participants of the meeting were handed down the lists of members of the PECs.

The head of the DEC, Yury Narkevich, said who could not be included in the commissions, and the head of the personnel department of the DEC, Vital Mshar, listed the NGOs and parties whose members were included in the commissions: “Belaya Rus”, Belarusian Republican Youth Union, the Union of Veterans, the Women's Union, Peace Foundation, etc.

Vital Mshar refused to tell by what criteria and in accordance with which documents the candidacies were selected for the PECs. He advised election observer Tamara Shchapiotkina to file an appeal with the head of the DEC and if he gave the permission such information would be provided to her. He also said that observer was from the word “observe”, and she was given the opportunity to observe.

Tamara Shchapiotkina could not even find out whether she was included in one of the PECs. She believes that such approach violates the principle of openness and transparency of the electoral process. She also decided to file the required appeal toChairman of the Executive Committee ,in order to get permission to study the documents concerning the formation of the PECs.

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