Canvassing in students’ hostels illegal, says Hrodna regional election commission

2010 2010-10-21T18:15:52+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Aleh Kalinkou, activist of Uladzimir Niakliayeu’s campaign team, was not let into the students’ hostel of Hrodna Medical College. The activist appealed the violation at Hrodna Leninskaya election commission.

In its official reply, the commission chair Mr. Mikhno says that the College administration did not violate the electoral legislation, since they were guided by inner regulations, instead of the Electoral Code provisions.

Aleh Kalinkou, in turn, believes that by doing that the administration restricted the right to freely canvass for signatures.

Meanwhile, independent observers stress that similar bans are only experienced by members of pro-dem campaign teams.

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