Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections

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Viciebsk: school-children's parents forced to give written undertakings to vote for Lukashenka

At school No. 38 in Viciebsk, the parents who attended a parental assembly were told to give undertakings they would vote early for Lukashenka. This was reported to the coordinator of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Tatsiana Seviarynets by the mother of a first-grade pupil.

“Earlier, school authorities used to hold parental assemblies during the early voting (five days before the day of voting) and asked the parents to come with their passports. Now, however, they have become bolder and take written undertakings,” points Mrs. Seviarynets.

Representatives of the BCD in Viciebsk and the Viciebsk region intend to check whether such practice also exists in other schools, informs the BCD website.

The campaign for the election monitoring “Right to Choose-2015” includes eight organizations: Belarusian Social-Democratic Party (Hramada), Belarusian Christian Democracy, “Tell the Truth!”, the Movement “For Freedom!”, the BPF Party, the Belarusian Green Party, the Independent Trade Union of Radio-Electronic Industry and the organizing committee of the Party of Freedom and Progress.