Opposition politician critical of «tainted» formation of precinct election commissions
The commissions mostly feature people proposed by “workers’ collectives,” non-governmental organizations and people nominated...
The formation of an overwhelming majority of precinct election commissions for the December 19 presidential election was tainted, Syarhey Kalyakin, a coordinator of the Campaign for Fair Elections, told reporters in Minsk on Friday.
The commissions mostly feature people proposed by “workers’ collectives,” non-governmental organizations and people nominated through the collection of signatures, said Mr. Kalyakin, chairman of the Spravedlivy Mir (Just World) Belarusian Party of the Left.
“The share of political parties’ representatives is only 2.6 percent,” he said. “The figure covers all political parties. Opposition party activists account for only 0.27 percent of all members of the commissions.”
Mr. Kalyakin downplayed a high percentage of members of non-governmental organizations on the commissions, saying that those mainly represented the pro-government Belaya Rus organization, Belarusian National Youth Union, Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus and Belarusian Union of Women, as well as associations of war veterans, the National Live-saving Society and the Belarusian Red Cross Society.
“Elections must be held in accordance with laws,” he said. “And if the latter stipulate that the commissions must be formed from representatives of political parties and NGOs, it does not mean that all NGOs have the right to nominate their representatives for membership and participate in the elections,” Mr. Kalyakin said. “To be able to do this, they need to have participation in elections specified among the charter’s objectives.”
A number of NGOs whose representatives were included in precinct election commissions may not engage in political activities as specified by their charter,” he said, accusing the organizations of violating the regulations.
At least 40 percent of all members of the commissions seat on them illegally, Mr. Kalyakin said.
“The election should be canceled today, and the entire procedure should be restarted,” he stressed.