News for 21 Jul 2015

Baranavičy: two members of pro-dem forces on city election commission

21.07.2015 Baranavičy: two members of pro-dem forces on city election commission

Today, a joint meeting of the Baranavičy City Council of Deputies and the City Executive Committee was held to form the city territorial election commission. The meeting was attended by local human rights activist Viachaslau Bolbat.

Freelance journalist Alina Skrabunova summoned to police

21.07.2015 Freelance journalist Alina Skrabunova summoned to police

Freelance journalist Alina Skrabunova is to appear at the police department of Mahilioŭ’s Lieninski district. According to local police officers, the journalist faces administrative charges, and at the appointed time the freelancers will see the case file.

Homieĺ regional election commission consists of officials and chiefs representing ‘the public’

21.07.2015 Homieĺ regional election commission consists of officials and chiefs representing ‘the public’

The government-owned news agency BelTA reported today that the majority of the members of the Homieĺ Regional Election Commission are members of the public. Indeed, if we look at the list of the commission members, we can see representatives of public organizations such as the Women's Union, journalists, veterans and trade union organizations.

Only one representative of opposition elected member of Viciebsk regional election commission

21.07.2015 Only one representative of opposition elected member of Viciebsk regional election commission

The Viciebsk regional election commission will include deputy chairman of the regional branch of the Belarusian Popular Front Party, Kanstantsin Smolikau. Meanwhile, no representatives of the parties, whose leaders run in the election, have been allowed to join the TEC.

Kryčaŭ: meeting to form district election commission lasts 6 minutes 30 seconds

21.07.2015 Kryčaŭ: meeting to form district election commission lasts 6 minutes 30 seconds

A joint meeting of the Presidium of the Kryčaŭ District Council of Deputies and the district executive committee was held today to form the district election commission. As a result, it took only 6 minutes and 30 seconds for local officials to approve the list of 11 members.

Babrujsk: Territorial commissions formed in 16 minutes

21.07.2015 Babrujsk: Territorial commissions formed in 16 minutes

Territorial election commissions were formed today in Babrujsk. The meeting was attended by local representative of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Siarhei Latsinski.

No opposition in territorial election commissions of Mahilioŭ and Orša

21.07.2015 No opposition in territorial election commissions of Mahilioŭ and Orša

This was reported by human rights activist Barys Bukhel, who attended today, July 21, a joint meeting of the Mahilioŭ City Executive Committee and the City Council.

Lists of district election commissions in Homieĺ prepared by unknown ‘working group’

21.07.2015 Lists of district election commissions in Homieĺ prepared by unknown ‘working group’

On July 21, a joint meeting of the Homieĺ City Executive Committee and the City Council of Deputies formed local district election commissions (one for each of the four administrative districts of the city). An average of 20 candidates were nominated to each commission.

BHC representatives not allowed to observe formation of territorial commissions in Orša and Dubroŭna

21.07.2015 BHC representatives not allowed to observe formation of territorial commissions in Orša and Dubroŭna

Local executive officials refer to Article 34 of the Electoral Code, arguing that monitoring the process of creating territorial commissions is illegal.

Brest: one member of opposition party on regional election commission

21.07.2015 Brest: one member of opposition party on regional election commission

For the first time ever, the website of the Brest Regional Executive Committee arranged an online broadcast of the joint meeting of the Presidium of the Regional Council of Deputies and Regional Executive Committee, which decided on the establishment of the electoral commission.

Analytical weekly report on results of observation: July 13-19

21.07.2015 Analytical weekly report on results of observation: July 13-19

Observation of the presidential elections of the Republic of Belarus is carried out by activists of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" in the framework of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections".

21.07.2015 Shulhan and Kanavalchyk released, fined Br5.4 million each

The potential presidential candidate was detained near the CEC on July 17.

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