News for 17 Sep 2012

Central Election Commission: Observation of submission of election records not allowed

17.09.2012 Central Election Commission: Observation of submission of election records not allowed

The law does not provide for observers’ involvement in the submission of election records to constituency election commissions, says the Central Election Commission in its reply to observer Ales Kaputski, registered in Maladechna constituency No. 73.

Vitsebsk candidate criticizes unequal campaigning conditions

17.09.2012 Vitsebsk candidate criticizes unequal campaigning conditions

Vadzim Kuzmin, retired officer and member of the Fair World left party running for Parliament in Vitsebsk constituency No. 19, says he is appalled at the obstacles he has to overcome during the election campaign.

17.09.2012 Two opposition parties withdrawing their candidates

The Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) and the United Civic Party (UCP) formally decided Wednesday to withdraw their parliamentary candidates, explaining that the election process was not transparent and democratic, and authorities were ignoring their demands to release political prisoners.

Weekly report of observation results # 8

17.09.2012 Weekly report of observation results # 8

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Hrodna police detain and charge Arche editor Valery Bulhakau

17.09.2012 Hrodna police detain and charge Arche editor Valery Bulhakau

Valery Bulhakau, editor-in-chief of the Arche intellectual magazine, was detained during a presentation in Hrodna on 15 September.

Zhlobin opposition candidate denied premises to hold election meeting

17.09.2012 Zhlobin opposition candidate denied premises to hold election meeting

Valery Rybchanka, candidate representing the Fair World Party in Zhlobin constituency, has not been authorized to hold a meeting with voters on the territory of the major Belarusian Steel Works.

Brest opposition candidate proves unworthiness of authorized campaigning locations

17.09.2012 Brest opposition candidate proves unworthiness of authorized campaigning locations

Ihar Maslouski, member of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) running for Parliament in Brest constituency No. 2, says the authorized election campaigning locations cannot be used for meeting with voters.

BPF’s campaign fliers rejected by over 15 printing firms

17.09.2012 BPF’s campaign fliers rejected by over 15 printing firms

Some 15 state-owned printing firms, as well as a number of private ones, have refused to print campaign leaflets of candidates representing the Belarusian Popular Front Party, the BPF’s press-service reports.

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