Two opposition members in Homel not registered as candidates for Parliament

2014 2014-02-20T16:39:26+0300 2014-02-20T16:39:26+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The district election commission of Homel’s constituency No. 36 held its meetings today to approve the registration of candidates for Parliament. The constituency was the only one that failed to elect a MP back in the 2012 general elections, after a pro-government candidate, aide to the president in the Homel region Ihar Prakapenka withdrew his nomination, just like the opposition candidate, UCP member Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh. A candidate representing the LDP did not receive the necessary amount of votes.

Seven nominations were received by the commission. Halina Krauchanka of the Movement "For Freedom" and Andrei Tsianiuta (co-chair of "Young Front") were not registered. Ms. Krauchanka said that the commission challenged the validity of collected signatures. “In fact, it was a political decision, as we have a strong team, we are known in the district, we have worked there for several months as part of the campaign "NavaBelitsa",” says the activist.

As a result, five persons were registered as candidates: Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh (UCP), Viktar Khomich ("Fair World"), head of the therapeutic department of a local clinic Alena Astapiuk, supply manager of a junior sports school Mikalai Shkireyeu and secondary school teacher Volha Sudakova.

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