Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections

Праваабарончы цэнтр «Вясна» беларускі хельсінкскі камітэт


Authorities list sites prohibited for collecting signatures to nominate candidates for presidency in Minsk

Minsk City Executive Committee has determined the places banned for picketing in order to collect voters' signatures for nomination of candidates for President of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk.

Compared to the previous presidential elections (2010), there are several new objects on the list. Thus, at present collecting signatures is banned at "in railway and air transport, pedestrian crossings, on the square near the railway station, Yakub Kolas Square and the State Flag Square."

It should be noted that compared to the presidential campaign of 2010, the list of banned sites doesn't include the territories organizations, providing the support of the population (public transport, water and, heat and power supply, pre-school and secondary education, healthcare organizations, as well as the territory nuclear facilities and (or) stationary objects and (or) facilities for storing nuclear materials, spent nuclear materials and (or) operational radioactive waste, and their sanitary protection zones.

As before, Minsk City Police Department will take measures to prevent picketing at the facilities of subway, on Kastryčnickaja, Niezaliežnasć and Pieramoha Squares, at the distance of less than 200 meters from the residence of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, the Council of Ministers Belarus, as well as at a distance of less than 50 meters from the central government bodies, local representative, executive and administrative bodies, diplomatic missions and consular offices, courts, prosecutors' office and territories of organizations providing national defense and state security.

The resolution also establishes the time for the collection of signatures – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections"