Illia Dabratvor asked the Central Election Commission whether the last year’s incident could repeat when a commission chairperson and their subordinates forbade him to take a photo with his daughter at a polling station. He also asked three main questions, noting that all three actions are allowed in the countries neighbouring Belarus:
Do voters have the right to photograph themselves when visiting their polling stations?
Do voters have the right to photograph the ballot given to them?
Do voters have the right to photograph their family members when visiting their polling stations?
CEC Chairperson Lidziya Yarmoshina replied: “Such questions as whether voters have the right to take pictures of themselves, their family members, or their ballot papers at the polling stations are not regulated by any laws. However, CEC’s guidance manual states that Precinct Commission Chairperson shall be responsible for due order at the polling station, and therefore, the Chairperson’s instructions made by them within their competence, shall be binding on all those present in the room. Therefore, in such situations, photographing is only possible on the Precinct Commission Chairperson’s prior permission.”
CEC Chairperson has also added that “in several countries — such as UK, Germany, Lithuania, Canada, or South Africa — making photos or videos at the polling stations is not allowed.”
As was previously reported, accredited candidate for deputy from the MFF Mikita Semianenka was forced to leave before vote count the notorious No. 201 Minsk school polling station where falsifications under the ‘000-179’ scheme were being done. The formal reason was the selfie made by him without the commission chairperson’s permission.
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