Baranavichy: doorkeepers collect signatures for pro-governmental candidate during working hours

2012 2012-08-02T17:13:01+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Baranavichy civil activist Ryhor Hryk

Baranavichy civil activist Ryhor Hryk

Artsiom Babei, a member of the electoral team of the prospective candidate at Baranavichy-Eastern election constituency #6 Ryhor Hryk, collected signatures at a hostel in Kirau Street 73/2. He was joined by Ryhor Hryk who decided to get registered at the book of visitors at the hostel's front desk. However, suddenly he saw there a list with signatures in support of his rival, pro-governmental candidate Aliaksandr Stsiatsko.

Many dwellers of the dormitory, questioned by Hryk and Babei, stated that doorkeepers of the hostel forced them to sign in support of Stsiatsko during working hours, even without asking to bring their passports.

Mr. Hryk asked to be given the complaint book in order to make an appropriate entry in it, but received a refusal. Then he called the police, which required written explanations from Babei, Hryk and Ye. Klim (the doorkeeper). Eventually, police lieutenant Ziankovich took the signatures sheet away and promised to discriminate in the situation.

Ryhor Hryk filied an appeal against the unlawful actions of the hostel workers to the head of Baranavichy-Eastern constituency election commission Tatsiana Shukala.