News for 8 Nov 2010

Hrodna: observers prevented from observing verification of signatures

08.11.2010 Hrodna: observers prevented from observing verification of signatures

The observers that were accredited at the territorial commissions of Hrodna receive runarounds from the Hrodna Region Election Commission and the Central Election Commission. The observers Viktar Dzesiatsik, Uladzimir Khilmanovich, Sviatlana Rudkouskaya, Viktar Sazonau and Raman Yurhel received answers in which the election commissions refer to part 4 of Article 13 of the Electoral Code and allege that the presence of observers during the verification of signatures is not provided by the electoral legislation.

Biaroza: election commission makes fools of observers

08.11.2010 Biaroza: election commission makes fools of observers

Siarzhuk Rusetski and Tamara Shchapiotkina were nominated by the local electors as observers at the Biaroza District Election Commission. The Biaroza District Election Commission granted the request of the observers: they were sent a written notice about the sitting where the materials concerning the verification of the signature sheets in support of the potential candidates would be considered. However, the verification of signatures has been already completed by the commission without holding any official sittings )

Biaroza district: authorities create deficit of members of parties and NGOs in PECs

08.11.2010 Biaroza district: authorities create deficit of members of parties and NGOs in PECs

20 out of the 50 precinct election commissions of the Biaroza district have less than 1/3rd of representatives of political parties and public associations among its staff. Meanwhile, representatives of two oppositional parties, the Belarusian Popular Front and the Belarusian Leftist Party Fair World weren’t included in PECs #14 and #17.

Baranavichy: Central Election Commission recommended lower commissions to inform observers about their sittings

08.11.2010 Baranavichy: Central Election Commission recommended lower commissions to inform observers about their sittings

On 6 November the observer Siarhei Housha (pictured) received an answer to his complaint against the failure of the Baranavichy City Territorial Election Commission to inform him about the date and place of its sitting. The Central Election Commission gave no legal assessment to the actions of the Baranavichy CEC and confined itself to reporting that a check-up had been held on the facts that had been set forth in the complaint.

Brest: ‘Fair World’ appeals non-inclusion of its members in PECs

08.11.2010 Brest: ‘Fair World’ appeals non-inclusion of its members in PECs

The Brest organization of the Belarusian Leftist Party nominated 23 representatives to the precinct election commissions of the Leninski and the Maskouski districts of Brest, but just 4 were included in them. Those who were denied membership in the commissions went to the law to appeal the decisions of the Leninski and the Maskouski district executive committees of Brest concerning the formation of the PECs. The Chairperson of the Brest city organization of the Fair World Liudmila Dzenisenka believes that the Brest authorities groundlessly ignored the candidacies of the majority of representatives of political parties, which puts to doubt their statements about the intention to hold fair and transparent elections.

Barysau: primary organization of Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry sues Barysau authorities

08.11.2010 Barysau: primary organization of Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry sues Barysau authorities

This Saturday the newspaper of the Barysau District Executive Committee published the lists of members of all 112 precinct election commissions of Barysau. No oppositionists were included in the PECs, including the 9 representatives nominated by the trade union. That’s why TUREI decided to appeal the decision on the formation of the commissions at the Barysau District Court.

Biaroza: police confiscated leaflets calling to boycott presidential election

08.11.2010 Biaroza: police confiscated leaflets calling to boycott presidential election

Officers of the Biaroza District Police Department confiscated almost 5,000 leaflets with calls to boycott the presidential election from Andrei Kavalevich, the son of the head of the Biaroza district organization of the Conservative Christian party Belarusian Popular Front. This happened when Andrei and his mother were on the way home.

Krychau: democrats complain against non-inclusion in precinct election commissions

08.11.2010 Krychau: democrats complain against non-inclusion in precinct election commissions

Krychau activists of the United Civil Party and the NGO BPF Adradzhenne appeal the non-inclusion of their representatives in the precinct election commissions at the Krychau District Court.

Mahiliou region: state officials disguise in election commissions as representatives of public

08.11.2010 Mahiliou region: state officials disguise in election commissions as representatives of public

According to the official data, state officials make only 5% of the composition of election commissions in the Homel region.

08.11.2010 Another act of vandalism in Kurapaty

38 crosses were broken in the memorial complex Kurapaty, the place of mass political executions near Minsk on the eve of 7 November.

Mahiliou region: no changes in staff of precinct election commissions

08.11.2010 Mahiliou region: no changes in staff of precinct election commissions

The district newspapers of the Bialynichy, Kruhliany and Shklou districts started publishing the lists of members of the precinct election commissions. The staff of the PECs changed little since the election to the local councils held on 25 April 2010.

Central Election Commission agrees to abolish restrictions in work of observers

08.11.2010 Central Election Commission agrees to abolish restrictions in work of observers

On 5 November the CEC considered the proposal of human rights defenders about amending of its Ruling #49 of 15 September 2010. The Belarusian Helsinki Committee proposed to abolish the novelties in the direction of observers to election precincts and commissions.

Brahin: were election commissions dissolved after local election?

08.11.2010 Brahin: were election commissions dissolved after local election?

The composition of the precinct commissions of the Brahin district differs very little from the local election held in spring 2010.

Barysau: monitoring of 'working moments' is banned

08.11.2010 Barysau: monitoring of 'working moments' is banned

Observer Aleh Matskevich occasionally saw members of the Barysau Town Election Committee sitting in their room and listening to a speech of its secretary, Tatsiana Stasava. However, he wasn't admitted to this sitting, because the secretary called this assembly a 'working moment'.

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