A video footage shot on April 25, 2010 has appeared at the website of Alyaksandr Lahvinets.
A video clip was made by a camera of a mobile phone at the polling station #22 in Minsk microdistrict of Sukharava. It could be seen in the item how the vote count is taking place, “Nasha Niva” writes.
Only the table where ballot papers are sorted, is seen from the table of the observer. And ballot papers are taken for checking and counting to the table which is out observers’ view.
Human rights activists state that such approach facilitate electoral fraud, and participation of observers does not change anything in that.
“Nasha Niva” asked Uladzimir Labkovich, a human rights activist of “Viasna”, for comments.
“What is going on in the video would be illegal even if the second table was visible to the observers. Ballot papers are sorted in silence, and even those ten persons who are sorting and counting them, know only about their stack. It means that only one person knows the result, the one to whom all people bring ballot papers. And we offer each figure to be announced aloud, and members of the commission not to stand with their backs to the observers, as in the current variant work of an observer is equal to zero. This video footage confirms that only one person has information and can announce the result,” the human rights activist underlined.