Baranavichy: former candidate asks the court to punish Chair of the election commission

2014 2014-04-01T15:30:25+0300 2014-04-01T15:30:25+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Mikalai Charnavus

Mikalai Charnavus

A former candidate for deputy Mikalai Charnavus has filed an appeal to the Brest Regional Court concerning the unlawful actions of Chairperson of the Western election constituency No. 21 Larysa Antonava.

Mr. Charnavus points that the election commission has done everything in order to prevent him from appearing in the Baranavichy radio. The civil society activist argues that he met with Mrs. Antonava three times on February 24 and March 6 and 7. He believes that Chair of the commission deliberately didn't introduce his surname in the list of the candidates for radio speeches. On March 14 and 20 he filed two complaints to Chairperson of the Central Election Commission Lidziya Yarmoshyna. However, the CEC took the side of the election commission No. 21. After this Mr. Charnavus applied to the Baranavichy City Court. However, Judge Zhana Kapacheuskaya refused to initiate civil proceedings on his appeal, saying that such cases were beyond the competence of the court.

At present the activist applies to the Brest Regional Court and asks to abolish the decision of the city concerning the refusal to consider the appeal and punish the former chairperson of the Baranavichy Western election commission No. 21 Larysa Antonava for violation of the electoral legislation and biased attitude towards candidates.