They're afraid that people will see an alternative to the collective farm dictatorship.
European Belarus activist Vasil Zhorau, who has been denied registration as a candidate, comments on the commission's decision to the civil campaign press service:
- I was not registered because we had a forcible campaign and were saying what we thought was necessary. The authorities are just afraid that they will not be able to control us.
I was refused registration because of the warnings that I received at the stage of signature collection. But I submitted documents as a candidate of the BPF Party. According to the law, in this case, the warnings issued during the signature collection cannot be taken into account.
The authorities are so afraid that people will see an alternative to the collective farm dictatorship that they ignore their own laws. And I'm not just talking about my own case.
Since the registration was left for the last day, my colleagues lost two days of campaigning, as it is necessary to apply to the executive committees even in case the places of pickets are authorized. In two days.
Today Iryna Khalip, an authorized agent of the registered candidate for deputy, European Belarus activist Åksana Yushkevich, was not given an opportunity to speak. This is a direct violation of Article 76 of the Electoral Code.
All the printed materials must be approved by election commissions. This is a direct censorship.
The authorities were constantly organizing inspections, sending their representatives and provocateurs to pickets. They were constantly issuing warnings regarding the stand, collection of signatures and communication with people. It was predictable, the cowardice of the authorities was inevitable.
We will not play by their rules, we have already shown it at the stage of signature collection. They are afraid, nervous and make mistakes.
I have filed a complaint against the refusal to register. And further on, our European Belarus team will act in accordance with the situation.