News for 20 Sep 2012

Vitsebsk: Observers have to see through walls

20.09.2012 Vitsebsk: Observers have to see through walls

Nina Shubina, head of Vitsebsk-based constituency election commission No. 52, has not allowed observers having their working place in the room occupied by the polling station. The observers were forced to occupy a table in the adjoining room, instead.

2 observers expelled from polling station in Homel

20.09.2012 2 observers expelled from polling station in Homel

Two independent observers – Andrei Tsianiuta and Andrei Zhaleznichenka – were forced today to leave Homel-based polling station No. 3 located in constituency No. 33.

Svetlahorsk district: 6 observers deprived of registration

20.09.2012 Svetlahorsk district: 6 observers deprived of registration

Six observers representing the Fair World party have been deprived of accreditation at a number of polling stations of Svetlahorsk district.

Political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich transferred to Mazyr penal colony

20.09.2012 Political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich transferred to Mazyr penal colony

The imprisoned leader of the Young Front opposition movement Zmitser Dashkevich has been escorted to penal colony No. 20 in the southern town of Mazyr (Homel region), says Nasta Palazhanka, the Young Front’s deputy chair and Dashkevich’s fiancée.

Belarus’ embassy to Ukraine denies registration to independent observer

20.09.2012 Belarus’ embassy to Ukraine denies registration to independent observer

The Belarusian Embassy to Ukraine has not authorized the registration of independent observer Hanna Darashchuk, representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

Report of Early Voting Observation Results

20.09.2012 Report of Early Voting Observation Results

Early Voting: Day 2 September 19, 2012

Baranavichy police chief turns down observer’s complaint

20.09.2012 Baranavichy police chief turns down observer’s complaint

Baranavichy observer Siarhei Housha has received a reply from the department of internal affairs of Brest regional executive committee following a complaint of biased and illegal consideration of election fraud charges by constituency election commission No. 5.

Salihorsk: Forced early voting reported

20.09.2012 Salihorsk: Forced early voting reported

The independent observers working in Salihorsk report numerous instances of coercion to early voting, as well as other election violations.

KGB threatens Slonim observer

20.09.2012 KGB threatens Slonim observer

Andrei Lishyk, member of the Belarusian Popular Front’s Slonim office, who is currently acting as observer at polling station No. 18, was visited by the KGB agents.

Mahiliou election officials overstate voters’ turnout

20.09.2012 Mahiliou election officials overstate voters’ turnout

The election officials of Mahiliou-based polling station No. 45 have overstated the number of early voters, local observers report.

Maladechna resident detained for displaying national flag (updated)

20.09.2012 Maladechna resident detained for displaying national flag (updated)

Maladechna police detained last evening local youth activist Ihar Liushtanh for displaying a white-red-white flag in the town park to mark the adoption of Belarus’ national symbols in 1991.

Khotsimsk: opposition candidate’s campaign posters stolen in several polling stations

20.09.2012 Khotsimsk: opposition candidate’s campaign posters stolen in several polling stations

Valery Karankevich, candidate for Parliament running in constituency No. 83, says his campaign materials have disappeared from a number of polling stations in Khotsimsk district.

Slutsk: “They told us to vote, or we all will get fired”

20.09.2012 Slutsk: “They told us to vote, or we all will get fired”

Yulia Balakir, observer representing the Conservative Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front”, says she witnessed coercion to early vote at polling station No. 5 in Slutsk-based constituency No. 67.

Slonim: future doctors forced to vote early

20.09.2012 Slonim: future doctors forced to vote early

The students of Slonim state medical college have been forced to take part in the early voting campaign, say local observers.

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