News for 4 Nov 2010

Homel: Central Election Commission again sees no violations of Lukashenka’s campaign team

04.11.2010 Homel: Central Election Commission again sees no violations of Lukashenka’s campaign team

The Homel human rights defender Anatol Paplauny received an answer to his complaint about violations of the law by the campaign team of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. The complaint concerned the collection of signatures by Viktoryia Siomina on the territory of the enterprise Vipra of the Belarusian Association of the Deaf during the working hours. According to Mr. Paplauny, the workers of the enterprise formed a line to put their signatures, from which one can assume that this process was organized by the administration of the enterprise, which is also a gross violation of the law.

Barysau: signatures are verified in absence of observers

04.11.2010 Barysau: signatures are verified in absence of observers

The observers who had been prohibited to watch the verification of signatures in support of candidates for president at the commission, appealed the prohibition at the Minsk Region Election Commission.

Miory: people are persuaded to revoke their signatures in support of Vital Rymasheuski

04.11.2010 Miory: people are persuaded to revoke their signatures in support of Vital Rymasheuski

According to Tatsiana Seviarynets, the coordinator of the campaign team of the pretender for president Vital Rymasheuski in the Vitsebsk region, she knows at least three cases when residence of Miory were forced to revoke the signatures they had put in support of nomination of Mr. Rymasheuski as a presidential candidate.

Formation of precinct election commissions in Zhabinka district

04.11.2010 Formation of precinct election commissions in Zhabinka district

The Zhabinka District Executive Committee formed 21 precinct election commissions. According to the head of the organization and personnel department of the DEC and the secretary of the Zhabinka District Territorial Election Commission Sviatlana Azols, 247 people were included in them. 165 (67%) of them are women, 35 (14%) are less than 30 years old, 233 (945) had worked in election commissions before.

Svislach District Executive Committee ignores candidacies of oppositionists

04.11.2010 Svislach District Executive Committee ignores candidacies of oppositionists

The sitting of the Svislach DEC on the formation of the precinct election commissions was held in the worst traditions of the Soviet times: the officials were reluctant to consider the candidacies of five nominees of the Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada and simply ignored them. Two more democratic activists were nominated to the commissions by collecting signatures of electors. It is not known whether they were included, as far as the lists of members of the commissions weren’t read at the sitting. It will become known only after the publication of these lists in the local district newspaper.

Babruisk: no UCP members in precinct commissions

04.11.2010 Babruisk: no UCP members in precinct commissions

The head of the Babruisk organization of the United Civil Party Viktar Buzinayeu and his deputy attended the sittings of the district executive committees of Babruisk at which the precinct election commissions (PECs) were formed.

Mazyr: lists of members of precinct commissions composed by mysterious ‘working groups’

04.11.2010 Mazyr: lists of members of precinct commissions composed by mysterious ‘working groups’

On 3 November the human rights defender Uladzimir Tseliapun addressed the Chairperson of the Mazyr District Executive Committee (DEC) Uladzimir Dvornik with a written request to be familiarized with the decision about the establishment of the ‘working group’ that had considered the candidacies for the precinct election commissions in the Mazyr district.

Zhodzina: 1 out of 12 nominees of opposition included in precinct election commission

04.11.2010 Zhodzina: 1 out of 12 nominees of opposition included in precinct election commission

It is difficult to say how the sitting of the Zhodzina Town Executive Committee on formation of the precinct election commissions took place, as the human rights defender Aliaksei Lapitski wasn’t admitted to it (he received an official denial from the head of the executive committee M. Ameliianchuk to his request to let him attend the sitting).

Salihorsk: sitting of executive committee is held in secret

04.11.2010 Salihorsk: sitting of executive committee is held in secret

On 2 November the Salihorsk District Executive Committee held a sitting to form the election commissions for the 68 precincts of the district. More than 700 people were included in the commissions including just one nominee of the opposition (he represents the Belarusian Leftist Party Fair World). All other nominees of this party and the United Civil Party weren’t included in the commissions.

Smarhon: quota in precinct commissions is not spread on representatives of opposition

04.11.2010 Smarhon: quota in precinct commissions is not spread on representatives of opposition

On 3 November the Smarhon District Executive Committee formed the precinct election commissions in the district.

Horki district: formation of precinct commissions takes 5 minutes

04.11.2010 Horki district: formation of precinct commissions takes 5 minutes

The sitting of the Horki District Executive Committee on formation of the precinct election commissions of the Horki district took place on 3 November and was attended by the observer Halina Budnaya.

Formation of precinct election commissions in Slutsk district

04.11.2010 Formation of precinct election commissions in Slutsk district

On 3 November the Sllutsk District Executive Committee held a sitting to form the precinct election commissions of the Slutsk district. The sitting was attended by the representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Vital Amialkovich.

Bialynichy district: precinct commissions formed out of representatives of state trade unions and ‘Belaya Rus’

04.11.2010 Bialynichy district: precinct commissions formed out of representatives of state trade unions and ‘Belaya Rus’

On 3 November the Bialynichy District Executive Committee held a sitting to form the precinct election commissions (PECs) in the Bialynichy district. The executive committee formed 20 PECs and included 237 people to them.

Biaroza district: 5 out of 15 nominees of BPF Party included in precinct election commissions

04.11.2010 Biaroza district: 5 out of 15 nominees of BPF Party included in precinct election commissions

15 representatives of the Belarusian Popular Front were nominated to the precinct commissions of the Biaroza district, but the Biaroza District Executive Committee included there just 5 of them.

Kastrychnitski District Executive Committee of Hrodna has problems with arithmetic

04.11.2010 Kastrychnitski District Executive Committee of Hrodna has problems with arithmetic

13 representatives of the Belarusian Leftist Party Fair World, 8 representatives of the Belarusian Popular Front, 7 representatives of the Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada and 14 representatives of the United Civil Party were nominated to the precinct election commissions (PECs) of the Kastrychnitski district of Hrodna.

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