News for 16 Dec 2010

Death convict Hryshkautsou complains to the UN HR Committee

16.12.2010 Death convict Hryshkautsou complains to the UN HR Committee

On 6 December the UN Human Rights Committee received an individual communication by Aleh Hryshkautsou, sentenced to death on 14 May 2010. The death convict argues that his right to fair trial provided by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was abused by the Belarusian judiciary. The communication also demands to apply measures of interim protection and suspend the execution.

Enforced early vote (observation facts)

16.12.2010 Enforced early vote (observation facts)

According to data provided by the ‘Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections’ analysts, 14.3 % of observers have witnessed enforced early vote in its various forms. Here are some facts abut the reported violations.

Officials demand 68 % turnout for Lukashenka in Minsk

16.12.2010 Officials demand 68 % turnout for Lukashenka in Minsk

According to information received by the ‘Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections’ campaign, Minsk authorities were ordered to provide 68 % voter turnout for Aliaksandr Lukashenka in the Serabranka district. The information was provided by a member of election commission # 20.

Mahiliou: adding of ballots registered at certain stations

16.12.2010 Mahiliou: adding of ballots registered at certain stations

According to a number of members of Mahiliou local election commission, election officials have been engaged in adding ballots to ballot boxes during lunch break and immediately before the end of the day, when the slot is sealed for the night.

Observers claim they caught their former teachers in gerrymander

16.12.2010 Observers claim they caught their former teachers in gerrymander

Observers registered the fact when one elector voted twice in Slutsk election centre #12 on December 15.

How to throw ballots into a sealed ballot box (Video)

16.12.2010 How to throw ballots into a sealed ballot box (Video)

“Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” observers at the polling station No.31 of Savetsky district of Minsk have fixed how it’s possible to throw the ballots into a sealed ballot box.

Valyantsina Svyatskaya: “Early voting is new songs to old tunes”

16.12.2010 Valyantsina Svyatskaya: “Early voting is new songs to old tunes”

Early voting continues in Belarus. Columns of students march to poling stations.

There’s a queue of cadets of Academy of Interior Affairs at pollig station #74 in Minsk, while students of Belarusian State Pedagogical University are asked to vote at a voting station in Shchors Street, not at the university in order it won’t be seen when exactly they vote.

16.12.2010 Sannikov’s team activists detained in Maladzechna

Two activists of the Belarusian presidential candidate’s team were detained by the police for spreading agitation posters. A search warrant has been issued.

Preliminary Monitoring Report  on the Second Day of Early Voting

16.12.2010 Preliminary Monitoring Report on the Second Day of Early Voting

10:00 am, 16 December, Minsk – “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” campaign presents its preliminary monitoring report on observation of the second day of early voting (15 December). The observation is being conducted by 600 short-term and 80 long-term observers at 300 polling stations throughout Belarus.

<em>Mahilioukhimvalakno</em>: you must vote early as opposition prepares terrorist acts

16.12.2010 Mahilioukhimvalakno: you must vote early as opposition prepares terrorist acts

Members of the Young Belarus organization Pavel Prakapovich, Mikalai Stseshyts and Viktar Yazubchyts recorded a violation of the electoral legislation at a polling station in the Tsentralny district of Minsk.

Minsk: commissions manipulate the turnout indicators

16.12.2010 Minsk: commissions manipulate the turnout indicators

According to an election observer Pavel Dabravolski, precinct election commission No.53 in Minsk overstates the turnout. Dwellers of four dormitories of Minsk Pedagogic University are registered there. According to the commission, 630 people voted, whereas the observer counted only 570. Only 3 of them weren’t students.

Is vague determination of electoral procedures just a mistake of Central Election Commissions?

16.12.2010 Is vague determination of electoral procedures just a mistake of Central Election Commissions?

The first day of early voting showed the absence of a distinctive determination of a number of electoral procedures, including the keeping of the ballot boxes, the sealing of the electoral precincts and the stay of the police guards.

Pinsk: anomalous number of early votes

16.12.2010 Pinsk: anomalous number of early votes

Electoral precinct #30 in Pinsk shows an unusually high turnout in comparison to other precincts. The precinct is situated in Pinsk Medical College. 1,055 electors are registered there. 211 of them (or 20% of the total number) cast their votes on 14 December.

Baranavichy: international observer stopped mysterious movements of ballot box

16.12.2010 Baranavichy: international observer stopped mysterious movements of ballot box

Electoral precinct No.28 is situated on the third store of the administrative building of the joint-stock company Truck Autopark No.4 in Hruntovaya Street, 47. However, after the end of the voting at 7 p.m. on 14 December, the ballot box for early voting was carried out of the electoral precinct and taken to Telman Street, 102 to be stored there.

Vitsebsk: parental meetings are arranged at schools to make parents vote early

16.12.2010 Vitsebsk: parental meetings are arranged at schools to make parents vote early

The teachers of the Vitsebsk secondary school #17 announced that a parental meeting would take place on 17 December and parents must come there with their passports.

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