Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections

Праваабарончы цэнтр «Вясна» беларускі хельсінкскі камітэт


Workers of enterprises and dwellers of hostels are forced to vote early

On the very first day of early voting, October 6, “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” started getting reports from concerned citizens, who register violations of the electoral legislation.

In particular, information was received from students of the Belarusian Agrarian Technical University and the Belarusian State University.

Later on, information was also passed by dwellers of the hostel in Prylukskakya Str., 50, Minsk, where all people have been herded to vote early starting from 4 p.m. on October 6.

Violations of the electoral legislation were also reported by a worker of BelAZ-holding:

In connection with the upcoming important events, the management of our enterprise was urgently collecting information about employees. At first glance, it seems that there is nothing to worry about: the telephone number and home address, but it still feels unpleasant. But it's not just that! For more than a week already they have been pressurizing us: obligatory go to the elections and vote early. There is also a small “reward” - people are issued with paid absence leaves for several hours so that they would vote early. Low-rank managers justify themselves by saying they were ordered to do it, while they were only executors.”

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