BELARUS PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS 2008

Here you can find information about the Belarusian Parliamentary Elections from September 2008. For information in German, click the link on the right hand side.

 

 

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27.05.2009 Final Report on the findings of the Parliamentary Elections September 2008 now available

MONITORINGREPORT OF PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS SEPTEMBER 2008 BELARUS

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30.09.2008 No confirmation of official election result possible by independent election monitoring.

Slight improvement of general conditions ascertained.

 

On Sunday the parliamentary elections took place in Belarus. The initiative “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” in which 300 Belarusian election observation experts, lawyers and journalists took part has observed the election campaign in all regions of Belarus from June 10th, 2008 to September 28th, 2008 in all its stages and has reported about it in detail regularly.

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26.09.2008 Latest surveys show lack of faith in the correctness of election results

According to the latest surveys of the Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies (IISEPS) 41.8% of the voters believe that the elections should only imitate an actual election campaign and the results have already been determined by the authorities.

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26.09.2008 Manipulations at the preparation of the electoral lists

The local electoral observers report from several regions about the manipulations at the preparation of the electoral lists. “Many citizens who have not voted at the last election were removed from the lists illegally,” Valentin Stefanovitch, member of the initiative “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” said in Minsk on Wednesday.

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26.09.2008 Numerous irregularities at the early vote

Already on the first day of the early vote numerous offences against the Belarusian election code were registered. As the initiative "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" reported on September 24th, employees and students of many state enterprises and universities were forced to a pre-election vote of regime-loyal candidates.

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12.09.2008 No fair election campaign possible for candidates of the opposition

The election campaign in Belarus is going into a central phase during these days. The initiative “Human Rights Defenders for the Free Elections” in which more than 300 human rights activists and journalists take part in all regions of the country is deploring the lack of public debate in the state media. The human rights activists demand a better access to the state-controlled media for the opposition as well as a free political debate in public.

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11.09.2008 Human Rights Defenders in Berlin

On August 25, the European Exchange orgnasized a meeting with the Belaurusian Human Rights Defenders Alek Hulak, Dmitriy Markushevski and Vladimir Lyabkovich in Berlin.

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29.08.2008 The initiative “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections“ draws up a negative interim balance from the previous course of the election campaign

The initiative “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections“ has been observing all phases of the election campaign in 80 of the 110 electoral districts of the country since the official announcement of the parliamentary elections on June 24th. The local election observers draw a negative interim balance.

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29.08.2008 Registration of the candidates concluded

On this Friday the registration of the candidates for the election of the Belarusian parliament was completed. A total of 365 candidates have applied for registration for 110 parliament seats. The United Democratic Forces have presented 98 registration applications to the central election commission, 76 of which were ultimately accepted.

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27.08.2008 Release of the political prisoners doesn’t mean a democratic turn

The initiative “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” welcomes the release of the political prisoners Alexander Kazulin, Sergey Parsukevitch and Andrey Kim. “The fact that all political prisoners have been released and that there are no more political prisoners in Belarus for the first time in 10 years is an important step towards the normalization of the situation,” Aleh Hulak, chairperson of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee said during his visit on August 24th in Berlin. But the prisoner release doesn’t mean a systemic democratic turn in the run-up to the parliamentary elections which will take place on September 28th in Belarus.

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27.08.2008 Pressure on supporters of the oppositional candidates is growing

The registration of the parliament candidates for the election campaign is going on until August 28th in Belarus. At the regional election commissions 365 registration applications for 110 parliament seats were received, 100 of which were delivered by the oppositional candidates.

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16.08.2008 Very few oppositionists at the district election commissions

As the independent Belarusian press agency “Belapan” reported on Friday, August 15th only 40 of the 810 candidates nominated by the opposition coalition “United Democratic Forces” were admitted into the local election commissions.

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16.08.2008 Belarusian Human Rights Activists meet with the OSCE-ODIHR Observers in Minsk

On Wednesday August 13th 2008, Alek Hulak, chairperson of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and representative of the initiative “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” met with the head of the election observation mission of the OSCE, Geert-Hinrich Ahrens.

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08.08.2008 Belarus signs the Convention of Democratic Electoral Standards of the CIS

As the independent press agency "Belapan" reported on August 5th, Belarus signed the “Convention of Democratic Electoral Standards, Rights and Freedoms of the Voters in the Commonwealth of Independent States”.

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08.08.2008 Illegal Agitation in the State Media

The initiative “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” has observed that a systematic campaign is being conducted in the regional newspapers to support the present representatives and other regime-loyal candidates.

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08.08.2008 More Interrogations by Intelligence Agency and Militia

On July 30th and 31st two members of the group supporting the oppositional candidate Vasil Polyakov, Natalya Shukina and Tatyana Tereshkova were questioned by the militia in Gomel in the south of the country.

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08.08.2008 Oppositional activists losing their jobs

The initiative “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections” has observed that state employees are being put under increasing pressure if they support the opposition.

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08.08.2008 Manipulations during the collection of signatures for regime-loyal candidates

Since last week, candidates are being nominated for the parliamentary elections in Belarus on September 28th. More than 420 groups supporting candidates, among them 106 groups of the opposition have been collecting signatures for their candidates.

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08.08.2008 Extensive tax inspection at the Belarusian Helsinki Committee

A complicated tax inspection of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC) was begun on August 5th, for the time period from July, 2003 until today.As the human rights organization “Viasna” reported on Wednesday, the tax inspection wasn’t initiated by the tax authority in Minsk, it was a “higher level” decision made by political instances in Minsk.

 

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01.08.2008 Tax inspection used to harass of the opposition

A few weeks ago, Stefanovitch was suddenly requested to deliver his tax returns, which in the eyes of the activists is intended solely as a form of harassment.

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01.08.2008 Deployment of the intelligence agency KGB against election observers

In the last few weeks the Belarusian intelligence agency “KGB” has massively increased its activities against human rights activists that have already been working as election observers during the election campaign.

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01.08.2008 Election commission examines the complaints from the groups of supporters

On Thursday, the central election commission examines nine complaints from groups of supporters that hadn’t been accepted for registration. The validity of only two complaints was recognized. Registration was refused to 32 of the 454 groups of supporters.

 

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01.08.2008 The opposition in Belarus is complaining about being pressured during their election campaign

Intelligence agency and Tax authorities are being utilized against the election observers

During their electoral campaign for the Belarusian parliamentary elections on September 28th in Belarus, the district election commissions have increasingly been putting pressure on the opposition. Members of groups that are collecting signatures for their candidates’ participation in the election have been experiencing repression from the authorities.

 

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25.07.2008 Electoral commission expects contentedness from the opposition

The chairperson of the central electoral commission, Lidya Yermoshyna said in an interview with the state newspaper "Sovyetskaya Belarussia" on Wednesday, July 23th, in Minsk that the opposition should be content with the results of the choice of the commission members.

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25.07.2008 Boycott calls of the opposition become louder

More and more parties want to boycott the parliamentary elections. As the independent news agency "Belapan" reported on July 24th, 2008, the Liberal Democratic Party of the former presidential candidate Sergei Gaydukevich will probably not take part in the elections.On Wednesday it was announced that the regional representations of the opposition party "United Civil Party" will boycott the parliamentary elections, if its members are not admitted in the district electoral commissions.

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25.07.2008 District electoral commissions prevent electoral observation

The Belarusian opposition parties complain about their disadvantage even during the registration of supporting groups for the candidates."Half of our regional offices were withdrawn from registration and had to be closed", Franak Vyachorka, a member of the National Council of the biggest opposition party "Belarusian Popular Front" reported to European Exchange on Wednesday, on July 23th, 2008."Therefore, we can appoint only six candidates at the party meetings. The majority will be nominated by collection of signatures", informed Vyachorka.

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15.07.2008 Arrests in opposition circles

Since the July 4th bomb attack in Minsk there have been several arrests and searches directed against the opposition throughout the country.

 

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15.07.2008 Opposition politician Kozulin expects further manipulation

The opposition is expecting more manipulation on a massive scale during the casting and counting of ballots.

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15.07.2008 Almost no representatives of the opposition on the regional electoral commissions

Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections complain of discrimination against candidates

Opposition candidates are being largely excluded from district electoral commissions in Belarus. As reported by the project Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections in Minsk Tuesday, 15 July 2008, it appears that opposition candidates will be represented on only 21 of the total of 110 district electoral commissions in advance of the parliamentary elections on September 28th.

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08.07.2008 European politicians monitoring election campaign

After the meeting with members of the opposition, Volker Beck (Alliance 90/The Greens), a member of the Bundestag delegation, said: “The Belarusian side has to know that there cannot be recognition of the government unless there are free, transparent elections with secret ballots.

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08.07.2008 Opposition in Belarus expecting more support from the EU

Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections meet with Bundestag delegation in Minsk

After meeting in Minsk with the delegation from the German Bundestag today, Tuesday, the Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections project expressly welcomed the fact that there is growing interest in the EU in involving Belarus in the pan-European process.

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08.07.2008 Secretary of the Council of Security dismissed

According to the radio station “Free Europe”, the head of the Belarusian security service, Viktar Sheyman, was dismissed today, Tuesday.

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08.07.2008 Interrogations and searches daily occurrences during the election campaign

Following the recent bombing in Minsk last Thursday, the militia and the intelligence agency arrested and interrogated large numbers of human rights defenders and opposition members throughout the country. “A new wave of mass psychosis in the power structures is starting, one targeting primarily the activists of the democratic forces”, explained the initiative Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections this Tuesday.

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03.07.2008 Pressure on election observers mounting in Belarus

Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections take stock of the situation now that the election campaign has begun.

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03.07.2008 Tax authorities engaged in campaign of intimidation

In several regions of the country, local tax authorities have suddenly launched tax audits against independent election observers from the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC) and their family members.

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03.07.2008 First arrest of an election observer

On June 26th, the BHC election observer Eduard Balanchuk was arrested by the militia and the domestic intelligence agency KGB. He was accused of resisting public authority and vandalism.

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03.07.2008 Parliamentary candidacy leads to dismissal

On June 30th, in the region of Kobryn in the western part of the country, Ales Mekh, regional chairman of the largest opposition party, the Belarusian Popular Front, was dismissed from his position at the state gas enterprise Beltransgaz.

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03.07.2008 Media in difficult situation

The EU and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) levelled sharp criticism of the new restrictions on journalists following the passage of the new media law by the Belarusian parliament.

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03.07.2008 Lukashenka wants to show transparent elections to the outer world

In an interview with the Russian news daily Komsomolskaya Pravda on July 3rd, President Lukashenka stressed his desire to prove to the West and to Russia that the elections in Belarus will be transparent and democratic.

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11.06.2008 Human Rights Activists for Free Elections

European Exchange and Belarusian human rights activists start the monitoring of the election campaign in Belarus. On September 28th parliamentary elections will be held in Belarus. Human rights activists do not rule out massive manipulations due to their experience from the last election in 2004.

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