News for 18 Oct 2010

Canvassing for Lukashenka maintained by unauthorized persons

18.10.2010 Canvassing for Lukashenka maintained by unauthorized persons

Pinsk human rights defenders report a number of cases when canvassing activities for Aliaksandr Lukashenka have been carried out by unauthorized persons.

18.10.2010 Barysau observer submits recommendations to CEC

Barysau human rights activist Aleh Matskevich, registered as an observer at local election committee, has addressed the Central Election Commission with a set of proposals on improving the vote count procedures.

‘My brother has been kidnapped’, says Presidential hopeful Pravalski

18.10.2010 ‘My brother has been kidnapped’, says Presidential hopeful Pravalski

Vitsebsk businessman Uladzimir Pravalski, running for President, has lodged a statement with local police, claiming that his brother and campaign activist Yury Pravalski was kidnapped, after he was arrested by the police on 15 October.

Ramanchuk’s campaign activist beaten by drunken bully

18.10.2010 Ramanchuk’s campaign activist beaten by drunken bully

Andrei Liadouski, activist of Yaraslau Ramanchuk’s campaign team, has been beaten by a drunk bully, as he was canvassing for signatures in a block of flats in Minsk.

The activist was attacked by an unknown elderly person, after the landlord put his signature for the presidential hopeful Yaraslau Ramanchuk. Andrei Liadouski received a number of blows at his head.

Baranavichy businessman indignant at biased reply from CEC

18.10.2010 Baranavichy businessman indignant at biased reply from CEC

On 16 October, Baranavichy entrepreneur Mikalai Charnavus received a reply from the Central Election Commission secretary Lazavik, following the businessman’s appeal against illegal dispersal of a canvassing picket of Ryhor Kastusiou’s and Yaraslau Ramanchuk’s campaign activists back on 2 October.

Slonim state officials forced to sign for Lukashenka

18.10.2010 Slonim state officials forced to sign for Lukashenka

The staff of Slonim children’s polyclinic have been forced to sign for President Lukashenka, says one of the clinic’s employees. Similarly, the personnel of local military brigade have been reportedly pressed to give their signatures for the current head of state.

18.10.2010 Canvassing in hostels illegal, says Salihorsk election committee

Salihorsk education dormitories have been declared unavailable for canvassing activities, after the district election committee took the side of local education officials, who have repeatedly denied access to hostels to campaign teams of pro-democratic candidates, referring to internal regulations.

Election of the President of Belarus: Weekly Analytical Review (October 11-17)

18.10.2010 Election of the President of Belarus: Weekly Analytical Review (October 11-17)

The CEC has demonstrated unequal treatment of different initiative groups, issuing a warning to the initiative group of U. Nyaklyaeu for violating electoral legislation while complaints against the initiative group of A. Lukashenka are being re-directed to lower level commissions.

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