News for 3 Nov 2010

Baranavichy: Siarhei Housha filed complaint to Central Election Commission

03.11.2010 Baranavichy: Siarhei Housha filed complaint to Central Election Commission

On 2 November observer Siarhei Housha filed a complaint with the Central Election Commission concerning actions of the Baranavichy Town Territorial Election Commission (TEC).

Slonim District Executive Committee prevents independent journalist from coming to its sitting

03.11.2010 Slonim District Executive Committee prevents independent journalist from coming to its sitting

The sitting on the formation of the precinct election commissions of the Slonim District was held by the Slonim District Executive Committee at 7.50-8.20 a.m. on 3 November.

Central Election Commission continues ignoring violations made by Lukashenka’s campaign team

03.11.2010 Central Election Commission continues ignoring violations made by Lukashenka’s campaign team

The citizen of Aziory (the Hrodna region) Kanstantsin Dzmitryieu received an answer to his complaint to the Central Election Commission, signed by the CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

Verification of signatures in support of candidates for president in Mazyr

03.11.2010 Verification of signatures in support of candidates for president in Mazyr

On 2 November the Mazyr District Election Commission held a sitting to verify the signatures that had been collected in support of nomination of candidates for president of the Republic of Belarus. According to the commission Chairperson Mikhail Pashynski, the commission received signatures in support of 7 candidates.

03.11.2010 Brest region: websites of district election commissions cover ‘Question to President’ instead of presidential election

According to the vast majority of official websites, the main event these days is not the end of collection of signatures for nomination of candidates for president and formation of precinct election commissions, but the informational action Question to President which they actively advertise.

03.11.2010 Barysau: what’s not prohibited… is not prescribed by law

The Barysau District Executive Committee didn’t let the observers of the Barysau town organization of the Belarusian Language Society Aleh Matskevich and Maryna Statkevich observe the sitting on formation of precinct election commissions. The refusal, signed by the committee Chairperson Uladzimir Miranovich, reads: ‘Articles 13 and 34 of the Electoral Code don’t provide observers with the right to observe the procedure of the formation of precinct election commissions. In the view of the aforesaid we have to refuse in granting Your request.’

Hrodna district: precinct commissions defined by sterility

03.11.2010 Hrodna district: precinct commissions defined by sterility

It took the Hrodna District Executive Committee just 7 minutes (!) to form 40 precinct election commissions in the Hrodno district. According to the ‘established tradition’, the lists of the commissions’ members weren’t read and the candidacies weren’t discussed. Among the persons who were included in the commissions there are 26 representatives of the ‘state NGO’ Belaya Rus, 24 representatives of the pro-governmental Belarusian Republican Youth Union (BRSM), 37 representatives of the Belarusian Union of Women, 101 nominees of state trade unions, 4 representatives of collectives of institutions and enterprises and 280 persons nominated by collecting electors’ signatures. The sitting was attended by the observers Uladzimir Khilmanovich and Mikola Voran.

Mahiliou: democrats not included in precinct commissions of Kastrychnitski district

03.11.2010 Mahiliou: democrats not included in precinct commissions of Kastrychnitski district

On 2 November the Kastrychnitski District Executive Committee held a sitting to form the precinct election commissions on the territory of the district. The United Civil Party, the Belarusian Leftist Party Fair World, the NGO BPF Adradzhenne and the Mahiliou Human Rights Center nominated 33 representatives to the commissions, but none of them were included in them.

Tsentralny district of Homel: 51 precinct election commissions formed within 14 minutes by unanimous voting

03.11.2010 Tsentralny district of Homel: 51 precinct election commissions formed within 14 minutes by unanimous voting

The Tsentralny District Executive Committee (DEC) of Homel formed the precinct election commissions of the district at its sitting on 2 November. According to the member of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Viktar Adzinochanka, the sitting lasted 14 minutes, during which 51 election commission were formed.

Election of the President of Belarus 2010: Weekly Analytical Review (October 25-31)

03.11.2010 Election of the President of Belarus 2010: Weekly Analytical Review (October 25-31)

Of 238 complaints lodged with the assistance of “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” campaign’s lawyers from the beginning of the election campaign, only 9 have been satisfied (those related to decisions of local authorities about places where pickets for collecting signatures were prohibited). Central and territorial election commissions have rejected all complaints related to the violation of the electoral legislation by the initiative group of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

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