The atmosphere of fear and disappointed hopes on democratic effect of the amendment of the electoral legislation – this is the evaluation given by human rights defenders to the beginning of the campaign on elections to the local Soviets of 26th Convocation.
News on the topic: elections-2008
Alexander Zhydkevich, doctor’s assistance in dentistry of Bychykha medical station, is accused of receiving bribes from patients. The criminal case was instigated under Article 433 of the Criminal Code as a result of a complaint in the complaint book, written by a citizen of Bychykha two months after medical treatment. The complaint was written after Alexander Zhydkevich became an independent observer at the local precinct during the latest parliamentary elections.
According to head of the Central Electoral Commission Mikalai Lazavik, an OSCE ODIHR mission is planning to visit Belarus in late January following an official invitation by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued on 23 December 2008. They are to meet with representatives of the Commission on 22 January. ‘We are looking forwards to learning more about the ODIHR representatives and discussing opinions concerning the Belarusian electoral legislation,’ said Mr.Lazavik. The mission is to continue dialogue for the improvement of the Belarusian electoral legislation and law-enforcement policy.
Kanstantsin Zhukouski, activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party, has received a letter from the prosecutor’s office of Vetka district. He is warned about unacceptability of cooperation with the Polish TV channel Belsat.
Hrodna oblast procuracy has started a check-up of the legality of the actions of the secretary and the head of a precinct election commission belonging to Slonim election constituency. A former candidate for MP, member of the Belarusian Popular Front Party Ivan Sheha believes that the results of the voting were falsified at this precinct.