Today, the chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski, Chair of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Aleh Hulak and member of Viasna’s Board Uladzimir Labkovich met with representatives of the OSCE ODIHR election monitoring assessment mission – Mr. Vladimir Misev, OSCE/ODIHR Election Adviser, and Ms. Tatyana Bogussevich, OSCE/ODIHR Senior Election Adviser.
According to BelaPAN, at its today’s meeting the Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered three initiative groups for nominating presidential candidates: the incumbent President Aliaksandr Lukashenka, Chairman of the Belarusian Party of the Left "Fair World" Siarhei Kaliakin and Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Siarhei Haidukevich.
The official website of the Baranavičy city executive committee has published a decision “On the definition of places prohibited for picketing in order to collect signatures for the nomination of candidates for the President of Belarus."
The Central Election Commission is expected to consider at a meeting tomorrow afternoon applications of seven persons who announced their intention to run for the President, as well as the issue of registration of voters’ initiative groups.
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.
In its report on the results of the observation of the first week of the presidential election campaign, the public election observation campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" has already noted that the provisions of the Electoral Code that prohibit calling for a boycott of the elections are contrary to the Convention of the Commonwealth of Independent States "On Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights and Freedoms".