Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections

Праваабарончы цэнтр «Вясна» беларускі хельсінкскі камітэт


Drahičyn authorities officially divide observers into "constructive" and "opposition" ones (screen)

The website of Drahičyn District Executive Committee contains information about the observers, nominated observers to the election commissions of Drahičyn.

These data witness that 4 persons have been nominated to the district election commission and 28 – to precinct election commissions. However, the most interesting is that in the appropriate table the authorities started officially using the terms “constructive” and “opposition” towards political parties, NGOs and labor groups. Such division has been made even among the groups of citizens who had nominated the observers.

“Constructive” parties include the Belarusian Social and Sports Party (nominated 4 observers), the Republican party (4), the Republican Party of Labor and Justice (3). The Communist Party of Belarus (1), the Belarusian Agrarian Party and the Belarusian Patriotic Party, which didn't nominate any observers.

The list of "opposition" parties includes the Belarusian Popular Front, the Conservative Christian Party Belarusian Popular Front, the party "Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada" (BSDH), the United Civil Party, the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada), the Belarusian Leftist Party "Fair World" and the Liberal Democratic Party. According to the information of Drahičyn authorities, none of these parties have nominated any observers in the district during the present elections.

Among the “constructive” public associations there are the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus, NGO "Belaja Ruś", Belarusian Women's Union (each of these nominated one observer to Drahičyn district election commission), Belarusian Republican Youth Union and the Belarusian Association of Veterans (each of whome nominated five observers to precinct election commissions), and the Belarusian Union of Officers.

The "opposition" public organizations and labor collectives aren't listed, though there is an appropriate column in the list, composed by Drahičyn District Executive Committee. As it follows from this document, “constructive” labor groups nominated five observers to the election commissions of various levels, and two more were nominated by the local councils.

"Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections"