Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections

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Hlusk: Observer asks to invalidate voting results

Ihar Kiryn, an observer at polling station No. 2 in the town of Hlusk, has written to the head of the Central Election Commission Lidziya Yarmoshyna asking her invalidate voting results at the polling station.

The observer argues that voting was accompanied with obvious and gross violations of the Electoral Code, in particular its provisions related to the openness and transparency in the tabulation of voting results.

In his complaint, Ihar Kiryn says that seats occupied by the observers at the polling station excluded the possibility of visual observation of the counting of votes under Art. 55 of the Electoral Code. Members of the commission closed the table with their backs, which did not allow them to see the vote count. Chairman of the precinct election commission did not respond to the observer’s request to provide at least a minimal opportunity to observe the counting of votes.

In addition, the observer complained that, in breach of Article 55 of the Electoral Code, the chairman of the commission did not announce the number of votes cast against all candidates, after the counting of votes in the portable ballot box, the votes for Tatsiana Karatkevich and against all candidates after the counting of votes in the boxes in the polling station. The commission did not meet to summarize the voting results, and the results were approved behind closed doors in the absence of any observers.

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