For more than 20 years, neither Belarusian democratic community nor international institutions have recognized Belarusian elections and referendums as free and transparent and elected bodies as legitimate, reminds Uladzimir Katsora in his open letter.
“There are many issues concerning the legislative framework, but the main obstacle to the recognition of the election results is law enforcement practice and, above all, failure to include representatives of government opponents in election commissions, secret type of work of created commissions, and a completely secret counting of votes at polling stations,” thinks the MFF Council member.
According to Katsora, the current election campaign is no exception to this vicious practice. “Representatives of the opposition, in particular the United Civil Party (UCP) and the Movement For Freedom (MFF), have not been included in No. 32 Homel Selmash constituency election commission, where I am running for deputy, as in Homel region, on the whole,” notes the politician.
Due to the fact that election commissions had already been formed, he suggests that the Central Election Commission takes a decision “that candidates for deputies could send their additional member to precinct election commissions having deliberative vote and the right to participate in the vote count.”
This does not contradict the Electoral Code. Moreover, the majority of election commissions have been formed of fewer members than it is allowed.