Members of Maladechna commissions know secrets of many elections

2012 2012-07-13T17:14:48+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Two constituency election commissions work in the Maladechna district during the present election campaign: Maladechna city constituency election commission #72 and Maladechna village constituency election commission.

The work of commission #72 is very important – most probably, the pro-regime candidate will have a rival there, that's why only reliable people, who have worked at many elections, were included in it (10 out of 13 commission members have the experience of election work).

At first glance it seems that the commission was formed on democratic principles – apart from ideologists and officers of the executive committee, there is a laboratory assistant of an educational establishment, a pensioner and a guard. However, in fact the laboratory assistant Aksana Apiatsionak is the secretary of a primary organization of the Belarusian National Youth Union, the pensioner Liutsyia Arlovich – a former head of the local council, who headed election commissions during several elections and faced pretensions concerning election frauds. The guard Liudmila Miastouskaya is a former main specialist on security of state secrets at the “Satellite” plant, who also keeps the secrets of many elections.

There is yet more elite at Maladechna village election commission #73: 12 out of 13 members of the commissions are either former or present officers of executive committees, almost all of whom were nominated to the commission “by signatures of electors”.

Members of the both commissions also represent the standard range of organizations: Belarusian National Youth Union, “Belaya Rus”, “Red Cross”, Belarusian Association of Veterans and trade-unions.

The only representative of the Belarusian Popular Front who expressed the wish to work in the election commission, wasn't given this honor.

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