General Conclusions: - Creation of initiative groups for collection of signatures in support of candidates’ nomination does not show any significant difference in intensity from its regular level for parliamentary elections in Belarus: the total of 439 initiative groups applied for registration.
Barysau observers and ordinary voters are still unable to obtain information on the composition of local constituency elections commissions, as the town’s authorities have not yet published the data in the public media.
Barysau human rights defender Aleh Matskevich has submitted an online complaint to the Central Election Commission, saying that a sitting of the election commission of local constituency No. 62 did not have the quorum to take a legal decision.
Vital Amialkovich, observer representing the Belarusian Helsinki Committee in the town of Slutsk, has addressed Barys Batura, chair of Minsk regional executive committee, with an appeal against harsh restrictions imposed on election campaigning events in the town.
Baranavichy human rights defender Siarhei Housha, registered as observer at local constituency No. 5, has addressed the Central Election Commission with a complaint, saying that the formation of the constituency’s election commission was accompanied with certain violations of the Electoral Code.
Minsk Regional Court has dismissed today a complaint lodged by a number of voters from Salihorsk constituency No. 69 who argued that famous civil activist Uladzimir Shyla nominated as their representative to local constituency election commission was illegally deprived of his right to act as election commissioner.
The election commission of Krychau constituency No. 83 has denied registration of an initiative group of Valery Karankevich, after 6 out of 15 of his supporters withdrew their signatures for nominating him as a candidate for Parliament.
Vasil Khvatsik, head of Drahichyn housing department, has reportedly abused a concert marking the town’s birthday on 15 July to campaign for Yury Darahakupets, head of Ivanava housing department, who is expected to run for Parliament, as his initiative group has already been registered.
Valery Karankevich, resident of the town of Khotsimsk (Mahiliou region), who is expected to run in the forthcoming general elections, has lodged a complaint with the region’s executive committee, saying that the election campaigning regulations imposed by Khotsimsk authorities are extremely restrictive.