News for 2 Nov 2010

UN Human Rights Committee registered complaints of Belarusian citizens

02.11.2010 UN Human Rights Committee registered complaints of Belarusian citizens

The UN Human Rights Committee registered a complaint of five participants of the action that was held in 2009 in front of the Homel Region Police Department to mark the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of the former Interior Minister Yury Zakharanka. According to the human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka, the Committee officially informed the authors of the complaint about it.

02.11.2010 Dziarzhynsk: member of campaign team of Andrei Sannikau gets fined

On October 12 the volunteer Aliaksandr Tarnahurski was collecting signatures in support of the candidacy of Andrei Sannikau in a residential house, and when he left one of the doors, a police car arrived and policemen asked him what he had been doing. Tarnahurski said that he collected signatures, and showed his passport and the certificate of a member of Sannikau’s campaign team. Policemen detained him and drew up a report for absence of a reflector.

Khotsimsk: nominees of NGO BPF ‘Adradzhenne’ weren’t included in precinct election commissions

02.11.2010 Khotsimsk: nominees of NGO BPF ‘Adradzhenne’ weren’t included in precinct election commissions

The sitting of the Khotsimsk District Executive Committee on formation of the precinct election commission took place at 9.30 a.m. on 1 October.

02.11.2010 Central Election Commission denies that campaign team of Aliaksandr Lukashenka violated the electoral law

The civil activists Mikita Krasnou and Viachaslau Dziyanau received from the CEC a response to their complaint concerning  the use of administrative resources for collecting signatures in support of nomination Aliaksandr Lukashenka a candidate for president. In particular, they pointed out that students of Belarusian University of Informatics and Radio Electronics had to stand in Lukashenka’s electoral pickets during their study time, and their work was ‘supervised’ by a the member of Lukashenka’s campaign team Aliaksandr Khmyl, the university provost on education. The CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna considers this complaint groundless.

02.11.2010 Brest region: some representatives of BPF Party included in precinct commissions

Some of the representatives nominated by the Belarusian Popular Front to precinct election commissions of the Brest region were included in the commission. In particular, in the Drahichyn district the authorities included in the commission 2 out of 5 nominees, in the Malaryta district – 2 out of 4, 1 - in the Ivatsevichy district and 3 – in the Kobryn district.

Ales Bialiatski addressed Presidential Administration and Prosecutor General

02.11.2010 Ales Bialiatski addressed Presidential Administration and Prosecutor General

The vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Ales Bialiatski addressed the Prosecutor General of Belarus, Ryhor Vasilevich, and the Presidential Administration of Belarus.

02.11.2010 Pinsk district: 70 precinct commissions formed for 5 minutes

On 1 November the joint sitting of the Pinsk District Executive Committee and the Presidium of the Pinsk District Council on formation of precinct election commissions took place. The opposition parties and democratic NGOs didn’t nominate any representatives to the precinct commissions, that’s why the ‘formation’ of all 70 commissions took very little time, a little more than 5 minutes.

Mahiliou: discrepancy in the numbers of received signatures

02.11.2010 Mahiliou: discrepancy in the numbers of received signatures

According to the information received by human rights activists from members of the Kastrychnitski and the Leninski district election commissions, the greatest number of signatures was collected for President Aliaksandr Lukashenka - 30,582. Then come Aliaksei Mikhalevich with 24,196 signatures, Uladzimir Niakliayeu with 16,598 signatures, Ryhor Kostuseu with 16,545 signatures and Yaraslau Ramanchuk with 12,835 signatures. Members of the campaign teams also collected 12,381 signatures for Mikalai Statkevich, 8,981 – for Andrei Sannikau, 9,044 – for Dzmitry Us, 7,123 – for Viktar Tsiareshchanka, 6,047 – for Vital Rymasheuski and only 57 signatures for Yury Hlushakou.

Slonim: executive officer of Slonim District Executive Committee ‘knows nothing’ about precinct election commissions

02.11.2010 Slonim: executive officer of Slonim District Executive Committee ‘knows nothing’ about precinct election commissions

The long-term observer from Slonim Ivan Sheha keeps visiting the executive officer of the executive committee Alena Machalina and phoning her several times a day in order to find the date and place of the sitting of the committee on formation of the precinct commissions. However, she just answers ‘I don’t know anything yet’ each time.

Mahiliou region: democratic opposition delegated 121 representatives to precinct election commissions

02.11.2010 Mahiliou region: democratic opposition delegated 121 representatives to precinct election commissions

818 precinct election commissions will be established in the Mahiliou region. 9,685 people were nominated to them, 3,571 of which – by political parties and NGOs, 4,286 – by collection of electors’ signatures and 1,828 – by collectives of institutions and enterprises.

Mazyr: ruling about ‘cultural program’ for international observers disappeared

02.11.2010 Mazyr: ruling about ‘cultural program’ for international observers disappeared

Documents disappear from the website of the Mazyr District Executive Committee after publications of Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections.

02.11.2010 Precinct commissions are formed secretly in Biaroza and Zhodzina

The Biaroza District Executive Committee (DEC) ignored the delegation by the Brest Regional Council of the Belarusian Popular Front Party of three members of the party to the sitting of the Biaroza DEC on formation of the precinct election commissions.

Mahiliou: signatures were counted in absence of observers

02.11.2010 Mahiliou: signatures were counted in absence of observers

The Mahiliou human rights defenders Barys Bukhel and Aliaksei Kolchyn did not get to the sittings of the district election commissions, where the count of the number of signatures in support of the candidates for the presidency took place. 

02.11.2010 Baranavichy: observer not permitted to observe verification of signature sheets

On 30 October observer Siarhei Housha visited the Baranavichy City Territorial Election Commission and asked the duty committee member Leanid Chukho, whether the commission sitting for distribution of the signature sheets among the commission members had taken place. Leanid Aslanavich Chukho (Soviet Army colonel, retired, nominated to the commission by the Belarusian Union of Officers, a member of the campaign team of Aliaksandr Lukashenka) told him that it hadn’t taken place and recommended not to hurry, because the signature sheets were stored in a vault, and observers would be surely invited to the sitting. Siarhei Housha reminded the commission member that he had submitted to the commission a request for being informed about the time and place of the verification of signature sheets, to which Mr. Chukho replied that the committee would consider the application.

Maladechna: district election commissions stages shows for observers

02.11.2010 Maladechna: district election commissions stages shows for observers

The Maladechna District Election Commission officially invites observers to its sittings, but when they come ahead of time the commission members get confused and refuse to let them in.

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