News for 4 Oct 2010

Chairperson of Brest Regional Executive Committee confesses rigging previous presidential election

04.10.2010 Chairperson of Brest Regional Executive Committee confesses rigging previous presidential election

During his press conference for representatives of regional mass media the Chairperson of the Brest Regional Executive Committee Kanstantsin Sumar on 30 September suddenly remembered about the previous election campaign in Belarus and made a sensational statement.

Regional authorities change decisions concerning prohibition to collect signatures in support of candidates for presidential position

04.10.2010 Regional authorities change decisions concerning prohibition to collect signatures in support of candidates for presidential position

According to the decision adopted on 30 September, the Brest City Executive Committee has significantly extended the opportunities for picketing aimed at collecting signatures for candidates. The new decision prohibits to collects signatures at less than 50-meter distance from the buildings of the local administrations, the institutions that respond for the defense and security of Belarus and supply to population with water, heating and electricity.

04.10.2010 Websites of executive committees fail to present adequate information about presidential election

The Belarusian society keeps paying taxes for which the state officials live. Not all websites of the Belarusian executive committees (that are also financed from the budget) are updated timely and regularly. In particular, many of them lack information about the presidential election, despite the fact that they belong to the few official sources that must openly present such information to the electorate.

Courts turn down complaints against violations during formation of territorial election commissions

04.10.2010 Courts turn down complaints against violations during formation of territorial election commissions

The Barysau District Court considered the complaint of the Barysau district organization of the United Civil Party against the non-inclusion of the UCP representative Rehina Viltouskaya in the Barysau Town Election commission. The court sitting lasted for three hours. The complaint was turned down.

Territorial electoral commissions consist of ’loyal and reliable’ people

04.10.2010 Territorial electoral commissions consist of ’loyal and reliable’ people

The first sitting of the Barysau town election commission took place the day it was formed. Members of the commission elected its chairperson, deputy chairperson and secretary.

'Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections': There are no positive changes in formation of territorial election commissions

04.10.2010 'Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections': There are no positive changes in formation of territorial election commissions

On 1 October participants of the campaign Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections held a press-conference in Minsk. The observers compared the electoral situation to the previous presidential election. Tough the Deputy Chairperson of the Human Rights Center Viasna Valiantsin Stefanovich and the Chairperson of the juridical commission of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Hary Pananiaila, noted some progress towards the democratization of the electoral process, they stated that the general background (including violations from the side of the authorities) remained the same.

Election of the President of Belarus 2010:  Preliminary Monitoring Report  on Formation of Territorial Election Commissions

04.10.2010 Election of the President of Belarus 2010: Preliminary Monitoring Report on Formation of Territorial Election Commissions

Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections' offer to get acquainted with the preliminary report on monitoring the formation of regional commissions on elections of President of the Republic of Belarus.

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