Civil activist’s lawsuit concerning election falsifications is turned down
Former opposition MP candidate, representative of the Belarusian Popular Front party was disallowed a claim against the head and the secretary of the polling station election commission.
The second court session on a claim of Ivan Sheha, former BPF party MP candidate, against the head and the secretary of the polling station election commission #17 has been held in Slonim today.
After the elections, Ivan Sheha and members of his initiative team polled the voters of this polling station and found out he received not 21 votes (as official protocol proves) but some times more. He presented the court 61 signatures of persons who said they gave their votes in his favour.
At the last session, Ivan Sheha applied for the people to be questioned by the court. Today, the judge denied the petition and disallowed the claim.
‘They referred to Electoral Code: these people can’t be questioned, because we have secrecy of election, though this secrecy was violated long ago’, the politician told to RFE/RL.
A petition for questioning of the head and the secretary of the polling station election commission #17 by court was also dismissed. By the way, they didn’t appear before the court, referring to absence of time.
The court questioned only members of the initiative group of Ivan Sheha. Seven people told almost the same how they were visiting voters’ houses and asked people to write confirmation note saying they had voted for Ivan Sheha.
Ivan Sheha says he won’t stop. ‘Being common people, they see that I am right, but they are in the situation they couldn’t deliver another verdict. I’ve filed the lawsuit. Now I am going to seek justice at the oblast court and the Supreme Court.