News for 9 Nov 2010

Vetka: staff of election commissions doesn’t change

09.11.2010 Vetka: staff of election commissions doesn’t change

The composition of the precinct election commissions in the town of Vetka has undergone almost no changes since the local election that was held in spring 2010. For instance, the PEC that was established in the nursing home Shubina has just one new member. It also includes the head of the nursing home, Anatol Miatlitski.

Verification of signatures (more information from regions)

09.11.2010 Verification of signatures (more information from regions)

On 8 November the Bialynichy District Election Commission held a sitting to sum up the results of the verification of signatures in support of the potential candidates for President of Belarus.

09.11.2010 Veterans of War in Afghanistan demand prosecution of investigators of Asipenka’s case

A claim with this demand was filed to the General Prosecutor’s Office on 8 November.

10 campaign teams managed to collect enough signatures for registration of their candidates

09.11.2010 10 campaign teams managed to collect enough signatures for registration of their candidates

10 out of 11 potential presidential candidates submitted to election commissions 100.000 valid signatures necessary for registration.

09.11.2010 Opposition candidates call people to take to streets on 24 November

The opposition candidates called on the voters to gather on October Square in Minsk on 24 November, an anniversary of the 1996 referendum.

09.11.2010 Political prisoner Uladzimir Asipenka released from jail

The entrepreneur was released on parole from the Ivatsevychy colony 3 months and 4 days before the end of the term of his punishment.

Election of the President of Belarus 2010: Preliminary Report on Monitoring Formation of  Precinct Election Commissions

09.11.2010 Election of the President of Belarus 2010: Preliminary Report on Monitoring Formation of Precinct Election Commissions

The discriminatory attitude of executive committees to candidates from opposition parties was obvious; out of 1,073 candidates to PECs from these parties only 183 persons, or 17.1 percent, became commission members. At the same time the average "passing rate" of other candidates was 84.3 percent (70,815 members out of 84,024 candidates); the figure for the parties loyal to the authorities was 87.7 percent (1586 out of 1808), while with the candidates from 4 major pro-governmental public associations and 1 trade union the figure was 93.2 percent (23,689 persons out of 25,419 candidates became PEC members).

Results of verification of signatures in support of potential candidates (information from regions…)

09.11.2010 Results of verification of signatures in support of potential candidates (information from regions…)

On 5 November the Slutsk District Election Commission announced the results of the verification of the signature sheets that had been passed to it by the campaign teams of the potential candidates for President of Belarus.

Vitsebsk: administration of Kastrychnitski District Election Commission nominated to All-Belarusian Assembly

09.11.2010 Vitsebsk: administration of Kastrychnitski District Election Commission nominated to All-Belarusian Assembly

On 8 November the Chyhunachny, the Kastrychnitski and the Pershamaiski district election commissions of Vitsebsk held sittings to sum up the results of the verification of the signatures that had been passed to them by the campaign teams of the pretenders for presidency.

09.11.2010 Results of verification of signatures by Partyzanski District Election Commission of Minsk

The Partyzanski District Election Commission held a sitting concerning the verification of the that had been passed to it by the campaign teams of the potential candidates for President of Belarus. The sitting was attended by observer Valiantsina Sviatskaya.

09.11.2010 Courts keep issuing predictable verdicts

The Biaroza District Court considered the lawsuit of the Brest regional organization of the Belarusian Popular Front against the non-inclusion of its representatives in precinct election commissions. The Chairperson of the court Vadzim Mazol told the details of the consideration of the case materials. As a result the present public managed to get some more information about the formation of PECs in the Biaroza district.

Journalist detained for attempt to interview potential candidate for President

09.11.2010 Journalist detained for attempt to interview potential candidate for President

At about 2.30 p.m. in Vitsebsk the police detained journalist Uladzislau Staraverau who was taking an interview from Uladzimir Pravalski and shooting him on video camera. Mr. Pravalski didn’t even manage to answer any of his questions, as the detention was conducted in five minutes after the beginning of the interview.

Vitsebsk: signatures in support of Uladzimir Pravalski found invalid

09.11.2010 Vitsebsk: signatures in support of Uladzimir Pravalski found invalid

This information was obtained from Leanid Svetsik, an observer at the Pershamaiski and the Kastrychnitski district election commissions of Vitsebsk. The potential candidate for president Pravalski refuses to comment on the situation till receiving a final decision from the Central Election Commission.

Hlusk: member of Belarusian Helsinki Committee Ihar Kiryn complains to Central Election Commission

09.11.2010 Hlusk: member of Belarusian Helsinki Committee Ihar Kiryn complains to Central Election Commission

The resident of Hlusk Ihar Kiryn filed with the Central Election Commission a complaint against the refusal of the Chairperson of the Hlusk District Election Commission Aliaksandr Belski to register him as an observer at the commission.

Hrodna: democratic parties appeal non-inclusion of their representatives in precinct commissions

09.11.2010 Hrodna: democratic parties appeal non-inclusion of their representatives in precinct commissions

The Hrodna regional organization of the Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada filed 8 lawsuits against the non-inclusion of its members in precinct election commissions (PECs): 1 to the Masty District Court, 1 – to the Svislach District Court and 6 – to the Leninski and the Kastrychnitski district of Hrodna. Only 5 out of 28 nominees of the BSDH were included in the PECs.

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