News for 23 Sep 2012

Observers ejected from polling stations in Minsk for attempt to submit complaint

23.09.2012 Observers ejected from polling stations in Minsk for attempt to submit complaint

The election commission of Minsk-based polling station No. 396 (constituency No. 102) expelled observer Viktar Bury, after he attempted to submit a complaint against the election officials.

Observer ejected during vote count

23.09.2012 Observer ejected during vote count

Observer Mikalai Rasiuk (Mahiliou polling station No. 47) was forced to leave the polling station after he was accused of interfering with the activities of the election officials for merely trying to ask a question to the chairman of the election commission during vote counting.

Election record stolen in polling station in Minsk

23.09.2012 Election record stolen in polling station in Minsk

A blatant violation was reported by the independent observer registered in Minsk polling station No. 594. The observers say that one of the pro-government observers stole an election record.

Five observers ejected from polling station in Minsk

23.09.2012 Five observers ejected from polling station in Minsk

Five independent observers have been forced to leave polling station No. 449 in Minsk-based constituency No. 104, says Yury Salodkin, coordinator of the Tell the Truth campaign.

Ballots stuffed in Svetlahorsk

23.09.2012 Ballots stuffed in Svetlahorsk

A teacher of Svetlahorsk secondary school stuffed false ballots at polling station No. 2, says local observer Leanid Bolduyeu. The observer says he has already submitted a complaint with local prosecuting authorities.

Homel observers ejected from polling stations, forced to observe in lobby

23.09.2012 Homel observers ejected from polling stations, forced to observe in lobby

Observer Anatol Paplauny has been expelled from polling station No. 1 (Homel constituency No. 34) for taking photos of the ballot boxes.

Authorities block online resources covering elections

23.09.2012 Authorities block online resources covering elections

The Belarusian authorities have blocked access to a number of web-sites that have been covering the parliamentary elections, including www.bchd.info (Belarusian Christian Democracy), www.udf.by (United Democratic Forces), and the web-site of For Fair Elections campaign.

Prison added to constituency on voting day

23.09.2012 Prison added to constituency on voting day

The election officials in Mahiliou have included local penal colony in the territory of polling station, says Yury Novikau, local coordinator of the For Fair Elections observation campaign.

Stuffing reported in Mahiliou

23.09.2012 Stuffing reported in Mahiliou

According to Aksana Samuilava, election agent of opposition candidate Aksana Zakreuskaya, the election officials of Mahiliou-based polling station No. 68 were caught stuffing false ballots.

Press photographer detained in central Minsk

23.09.2012 Press photographer detained in central Minsk

Siarhei Balai, photographer of the Salidarnasts online newspaper, was detained by police in Minsk’s central Kastrychnitskaya Square at about 6 p.m.

Two observers missing from polling station in Minsk

23.09.2012 Two observers missing from polling station in Minsk

The whereabouts of two independent observers working in Minsk polling stations Nos. 373 and 374 is currently unknown, after they left the polling stations at about 1 p.m.

BHC observer thrown out of election commission office

23.09.2012 BHC observer thrown out of election commission office

Anatol Rodzik, observer representing the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, has been forcibly ejected from the office of Vitsebsk-based constituency election commission No. 20, after he said he wanted to monitor the submission of election records.

Observers report trespassing at polling station in Zhlobin

23.09.2012 Observers report trespassing at polling station in Zhlobin

A policeman illegally penetrated Zhlobin-based polling station No. 29 at night, says Valery Rybchanka, candidate representing the Fair World party, quoting a report by local independent observers.

Zhlobin observer accused of safe burglary

23.09.2012 Zhlobin observer accused of safe burglary

Aleh Kastusiou, short-term observer representing the Fair World party, was forced to leave Zhlobin-based polling station No. 14, after he was accused of burgling a safe with early vote ballot papers.

Press photographer detained in polling station in Minsk

23.09.2012 Press photographer detained in polling station in Minsk

Dzmitry Lasko, photographer of the “Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belorussii” daily, was shortly detained this morning at Minsk-based polling station No. 704, the press-service of the Belarusian Association of Journalists reports, quoting the newspaper’s photographer Iryna Kozlik.

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