Only 48 opposition members included in constituency election commissions in Belarus
11:06, — Politics
According to preliminary information, 48 representatives of opposition political parties have been included in constituency election commissions in Belarus.
BelaPAN news agency has learned it from Valyantin Stefanovich, the coordinator of the campaign Human Rights Activists for Free Elections.
In the Mahilou region, 13 constituency election commissions were created. 251 persons, included 32 democratic representatives, applied for membership in the commissions. Only 3 representatives of democratic forces became commission members – two representatives of the Belarusian Left Part Fair World and one member of the United Civil Party.
In the Brest region, 13 13-member constituency election commissions were formed. Eight members of the Fair World party, two representatives of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada), three UCP members and two BPF party members were included in commissions.
In the Vitebsk region, 14 13-member constituency commissions were organized. 243 candidates applied for 162 seats in the commissions. Two persons from the BPF party and four Fair World party members were included in commissions.
In the Hrodna region, 243 candidates applied for membership in election commissions. 169 people, among them 3 Fair World party members, formed 13 13-member constituency election commissions.
In the Homel region, 17 13-member constituency election commissions were created. Two Fair World party representatives and one BPF party representative became members of the commissions.
In the Minsk region, 20 commissions were formed with two BPF party members, one representative of the UCP and one Fair World party member.
Twenty constituencies were created in Minsk. The commissions have 260 members, including 7 representatives of Fair World party, four members of BPF party. The UCP, Belarusian Democratic Social Party (Hramada) and the Belarusian Green Party have one representative each.
“Formation of commissions was carried out in a traditional way,” Stefanovich said commenting on the results. “In most cases, personal composition of a commission was not discussed, people voted for a list of candidates. The authorities did not show us anything new.”
As for democratic forces representatives, Stafanovich noted the increased activity ahead of this year's parliamentary election. “If political parties nominated 118 people in 2008, they proposed 199 candidates this year. Their rate in election commissions in 2008 was 2.2% against this year's 3.3%,” Stefanovich said.
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