News on the topic: elections-2008

Elections 2010 – still following the old scenario

02.02.2010 Elections 2010 – still following the old scenario

The atmosphere of fear and disappointed hopes on democratic effect of the amendment of the electoral legislation – this is the evaluation given by human rights defenders to the beginning of the campaign on elections to the local Soviets of 26th Convocation.

Haradok region: unemployed activists declare hunger-strike of protest

01.07.2009 Haradok region: unemployed activists declare hunger-strike of protest

Leanid Autukhou and Alexander Zhytkevich went on a hunger-strike of protest when they lost any hope to get employed with the assistance of the local job center.

Supreme Court turns down Ales Mekh’s complaint

08.04.2009 Supreme Court turns down Ales Mekh’s complaint

The Supreme Court turned down the complaint of the ex-candidate to the Chamber of Representatives Ales Mekh against the unlawful dismissal from job.

10.02.2009 Court directs civil activist for psychiatric expertise

Alexander Zhydkevich, doctor’s assistance in dentistry of Bychykha medical station, is accused of receiving bribes from patients. The criminal case was instigated under Article 433 of the Criminal Code as a result of a complaint in the complaint book, written by a citizen of Bychykha two months after medical treatment. The complaint was written after Alexander Zhydkevich became an independent observer at the local precinct during the latest parliamentary elections.

06.02.2009 Supreme Court upholds punishment of members of democratic candidate’s team

On 28 September 2008, the day before the election, three residents of Svetlahorsk, proxies of a candidate to the Parliament, were detained and fined.

17.01.2009 OSCE ODIHR mission to visit Minsk in January

According to head of the Central Electoral Commission Mikalai Lazavik, an OSCE ODIHR mission is planning to visit Belarus in late January following an official invitation by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued on 23 December 2008. They are to meet with representatives of the Commission on 22 January. ‘We are looking forwards to learning more about the ODIHR representatives and discussing opinions concerning the Belarusian electoral legislation,’ said Mr.Lazavik. The mission is to continue dialogue for the improvement of the Belarusian electoral legislation and law-enforcement policy.

12.12.2008 Another complaint to UN

Vitsebsk human rights defenders Alexander Mikulin and Leanid Svetsik filed to the UN Human Rights Committee a complaint concerning the registered violations during the election to the Chamber of Representatives of the fourth Convocation.

05.12.2008 Homel: Kanstantsin Zhukouski is warned for cooperation with ‘BelSat’

Kanstantsin Zhukouski, activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party, has received a letter from the prosecutor’s office of Vetka district. He is warned about unacceptability of cooperation with the Polish TV channel Belsat.

04.12.2008 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.

03.12.2008 Slonim: procuracy checks the legality of the activities of a precinct election commission

Hrodna oblast procuracy has started a check-up of the legality of the actions of the secretary and the head of a precinct election commission belonging to Slonim election constituency. A former candidate for MP, member of the Belarusian Popular Front Party Ivan Sheha believes that the results of the voting were falsified at this precinct.

11.11.2008 Haradok: harassment of election observer

A resident of Haradok district Alexander Zhydkevich decided to monitor the latest Parliamentary election (held on 28 September) on his own initiative. During the election the local authorities warned him that the election would end on 28 September, whereas he would be still living in the same place and working at the same job.

05.11.2008 Svetlahorsk: opposition activists get fined

Svetlahorsk town court fined 1.4 million rubles (about $650) Sviatlana Mikhalchanka, the leader of Salihorsk district organization of the Party of Communists Belarusian, and Viktar Akhramchuk and Siarhei Shavialenka, activists of the Belarusian Popular Front Party and the United Civil Party.

04.11.2008 Homel: court justifies bans of opposition’s pickets

On 3 November the deputy head of Tsentralny district court of Homel Siarhei Shytsikau upheld the refuse of Homel city executive committee to authorize pickets which the opposition intended to hold within the frame of the electoral campaign. The applications for authorization of pickets were file by the democratic activists Andrei Tolchyn, Piatro Kuzniatsou, Natallia Shchukina and Alexander Protska.

24.10.2008 Election commission rejects all complaints contesting parliamentary election

The central election commission on October 24 rejected all five complaints contesting the official results of September’s House of Representatives elections.

22.10.2008 Independent election observer fined 500 dollars in his absence

Yelsk regional court fined an activist of the United Democratic Party and “parliamentary elections” observer Dzyanis Rabianok for alleged violation of the law on elections. He was fined 1 mln 50 thousand Belarusian roubles. It makes about 500 dollars.