News for 10 Mar 2010

Ivan Shyla was detained to prevent him from coming to the sitting on formation of precinct commissions

10.03.2010 Ivan Shyla was detained to prevent him from coming to the sitting on formation of precinct commissions

In Salihorsk, the police detained Ivan Shyla, head of the initiative group of Aliaksei Valabuyeu, right in the Salihorsk district executive committee. The young activist wanted to come to the sitting on formation of the precinct election commissions, to one of which he was nominated.

Babruisk: activists of Belarusian Christian Democracy can withdraw from elections because of pressurization

10.03.2010 Babruisk: activists of Belarusian Christian Democracy can withdraw from elections because of pressurization

Natallia Karpava, member of the initiative group of the BCD member Taisiya Kabanchuk and member of a precinct election commission, was warned that she could lose her job at the district library system. This information was passed to the activist by her father, who used to work in the state structures before the retirement.

Baranavichy: composition of 66 precinct commissions is approved for five minutes

10.03.2010 Baranavichy: composition of 66 precinct commissions is approved for five minutes

On 10 March the sitting of the Baranavichy city executive committee on formation of precinct commissions took place. Aleh Savos, Chairperson of the personnel department of the Baranavichy city executive committee, played the role of reporter at the sitting. The composition of 66 precinct commissions consisting of 685 members was approved for just five minutes.

10.03.2010 Mazyr: representatives of political parties aren’t included to precinct commissions at constituencies where candidates of these parties run

On 9 March the sitting of the Mazyr district executive committee on formation of precinct commissions took place. The sitting was attended by nine persons. Before the beginning of the sitting Veranika Baikova, Chairperson of the personnel work banned taking photos and recording anything on Dictaphone. She also warned the present representatives of the Belarusian Popular Front Party and the United Civil Party that discussion and asking questions during the sittings weren’t provided by the Election Code.

10.03.2010 ’Kalinkavitskiya Naviny’ start election talk ahead of time

According to the timing sheet of the elections to local Soviets of Deputies, the agitation for candidates to deputies must start on 16 March. Nevertheless, the state-owned newspaper Kalinkavitskiya Naviny decided to start promoting pro-governmental candidates before this term.

Zhodzina: Ivan Mikhailau was released from pre-trial prison

10.03.2010 Zhodzina: Ivan Mikhailau was released from pre-trial prison

On 9 March the administration of the Zhodzina pre-trial prison refused to release Ivan Mikhailau and stated that the excerpt from the court verdict on his case that was brought by his relatives wasn’t enough for releasing him. The complete text of the verdict was passed to the prison administration on 10 March, after which Mr. Mikhailau was released.

Detentions for picketing near Lithuanian Embassy

10.03.2010 Detentions for picketing near Lithuanian Embassy

Young activists Maksim Viniarski, Palina Kuryianovich and Palina Dziakava held a protest action today morning. They unfurled a banner ‘No to Cooperation with Belarusian Dictatorship!’ near the Embassy of Lithuania in Minsk in Zakharau Street to protest against the invitation of Aliaksandr Lukashenka to the festivities on occasion of the 20th anniversary of Reestablishment of the independence of Lithuania.

10.03.2010 Slutsk dweller beaten by police

A man nearly died in a detention facility in the town of Slutsk. Policemen claim the detainee fell down the stairs, but the nature of injuries contradicts the claims.

10.03.2010 Pinsk: detention of opposition candidate

Ales Ramanovich, Chairperson of the Pinsk town council of the Belarusian Popular Front, was detained for 90 minutes by the policemen who paid interest to his participation in the local elections.

Lidziya Yarmoshyna: ‘Election laws don’t provide observers with the right to control the establishment of commissions’

10.03.2010 Lidziya Yarmoshyna: ‘Election laws don’t provide observers with the right to control the establishment of commissions’

On 4 March Siarhei Housha, observer of the Belarusian Language Society at the Baranavichy district election commission, received an answer from the Central Election Commission to his application of 24 February 2010.

Svetlahorsk: lyceum of chemists traditionally nominates its candidates

10.03.2010 Svetlahorsk: lyceum of chemists traditionally nominates its candidates

The Svetlahorsk lyceum of chemists has nominated its candidates to the Homel oblast and the Homel oblast Soviets of Deputies.

Trials of believers will continue till adoption of law on alternative civilian service

10.03.2010 Trials of believers will continue till adoption of law on alternative civilian service

On 9 March the College Board of the Minsk oblast court found unlawful the verdict of the Minsk district court on Ivan Mikhailau’s case and returned the case for a second trial. Bear in mind that on 1 February A.Minich, Judge of the Minsk district court, sentenced Mr. Mikhailau to three months of arrest under Article 435 of the Criminal Code, ‘evasion from military service’, because Mikhailau demanded to be assigned to alternative civilian service.

10.03.2010 Nomination of representatives to precinct commissions is over (information from the regions)

Political parties and other civil associations, working collectives and citizens have the right to nominate their representatives to precinct election commissions. As stated by Mikalai Lazavik, secretary of the Central commission on elections and holding of republican referenda, a total of 6,387 precinct commissions will be established in Belarus. 279 commissions will be situated in patient care institutions and 48 – in military units.

10.03.2010 Criminal case against Volha Siianava to be investigated by Tsentralny district procuracy of Minsk

Resident of Babruisk Volha Siianava, activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party, was served a writ to come to the Minsk KGB department on 9 March, 'without personal belongings'. During this election campaign Volha is a member of the initiative group of her mother who is running for the Babruisk town Soviet of Deputies. At first the Babruisk KGB offered the girl to collaborate with them. When she refused, they instigated a criminal case for fraud.

10.03.2010 Vitsebsk: incidents during nomination to precinct commissions

The nomination of representatives to precinct election commissions came to an end. In the Vitsebsk oblast, the documents for nomination of representatives to the commissions could be passed even on 6 and 7 March till 5 p.m., as a duty was specially organized at the executive committees on these two days.

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