Vitsebsk candidate criticizes unequal campaigning conditions

2012 2012-09-17T16:14:22+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Vadzim Kuzmin, retired officer and member of the Fair World left party running for Parliament in Vitsebsk constituency No. 19, says he is appalled at the obstacles he has to overcome during the election campaign.

Vadzim Kuzmin, whose rival is deputy head of Belarusian Railways’ Vitsebsk office Siarhei Bokhan, says he could not dare place his election posters in the BR’s buildings, when even regular shops reject his posters.

“It takes between two hours and two days to get permission to place a poster. Every move must be authorized from above. Meanwhile, my rival’s posters can be found everywhere,” says the candidate.

In response to Mr. Kuzmin’s complaint lodged with the constituency election commission, the officials suggested “tackling the problems himself.” Therefore, the candidate appealed the restrictions at local prosecutor’s office.

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