News on the topic: elections-2008

22.10.2008 Independent election observer fined 500 dollars in his absence

Yelsk regional court fined an activist of the United Democratic Party and “parliamentary elections” observer Dzyanis Rabianok for alleged violation of the law on elections. He was fined 1 mln 50 thousand Belarusian roubles. It makes about 500 dollars.

22.10.2008 Yarmoshyna refuses to provide information

In her response to activist of the Movement for Freedom Karen Akopau, CEC chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna explains her refusal to provide information about the number of citizens who voted early: she claims, the inquiry of the activist is not based on the norms of the Election Code.

15.10.2008 Mahiliou: ex-candidate proves the election was rigged

A former candidate Aliaksei Paulouski has collected 234 signatures of electors by which they conform that they had voted for him at the election, whereas according to the official results there were only 174 votes in his support.

14.10.2008 Central election commission refuses to consider complaints against falsifications

On 13 October the Central election commission refused to grant the complaints filed by some ex- candidates for deputies. Five people demanded that the results of this year’s parliamentary elections were declared invalid and four more demanded that the votes were recounted at certain precincts.

13.10.2008 Ex-candidates for parliament campaign for non-recognition of parliamentary election

As the BelaPAN informs, former candidates for the parliament belonging to the entrepreneurs’ have started a campaign for finding the latest election to the parliament invalid.

11.10.2008 Procuracy is not interested in falsification of elections

The procuracy refused to consider the complaint of the secretary of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Dzianis Sadouski, ex-candidate at Masiukoushchynskaya electoral constituency #103. The day after the elections Sadouski directed to the procuracy the statements and acts about violations of the Electoral Code of the Republic of Belarus, which had been composed by him and his proxies.

11.10.2008 Shklou: ‘draft’ protocols are not considered as a violation of the electoral laws

On 28 September, the Election Day, a member of Shklou constituency election commission Piatro Mihurski found three invalid final protocols of precinct election commissions. Two of them were from the village of Alexandria (the birthplace of Alexander Lukashenka). One of them was not filled, but was signed by the members of the commissions (so that the necessary numbers could be put later). The other was filled in pencil and also signed by members of the commission. The third (from the village of Bushliaki), was not filled, but was signed as well. As a result Piatro Mihurski refused to sign the protocol on the election results, which was prepared by Shklou constituency election commission. Instead he demanded that his commission annulled the results of the election s at Shklou constituency. He also addressed the Central election commission with an appropriate application.

11.10.2008 Salihorsk: police beat human rights activist

On 9 October in Salihorsk the human rights activist Yana Palyakova was beaten up by unknown people. She was beaten again at the police department. She said in an interview to RFE/RL she had been attacked at 5 in the evening.

06.10.2008 Ales Bialiatski: ‘Authorities are no longer ashamed of observers’

Belarusian human rights activists state that it is almost impossible to inform the public about the registered violations of the laws and falsifications of the elections in Belarus, and the authorities use them shamelessly.

03.10.2008 The parliament amends the Law on Procuracy

The House of Representatives amended the Law on Procuracy of the Republic of Belarus according to which proficiency examination and practical training are not needed for work in procuracy.

02.10.2008 Authorities demand from oppositional parties ‘explanations’ concerning protests against rigged elections

Representatives of democratic forces state that after the departure of international observers the authorities returned to persecution of the opposition.

02.10.2008 ‘Elections’ in Shklou district

At some polling stations of Shklou district up to 70% of voters took part in early voting. Members of commissions took ballot boxes to the villages.

02.10.2008 Candidate from United Civil Party is fired from job

After participation in the parliamentary elections the candidate of the United Democratic Party Viktar Padchynenkau was forced to write a letter of resignation from his position due to a desire to terminate his employment.

02.10.2008 Central election commission sinks in complaints

The number of complaints of the opposition at violations of laws during the election campaign had increased to 135. Observers, former MP candidates and their proxies inform the prosecutor’s office and the Central Election Commission about facts of rigging the voting results.

01.10.2008 BPF candidate is returned to army on Election Day

Viktar Karatysh, a democratic candidate running at Luninets electoral constituency #13, was returned to his army unit before the end of the elections, though the law prohibits such actions.