Праваабарончы цэнтр «Вясна»беларускі хельсінкскі камітэт

Smarhon and Slonim authorities publish election campaigning restrictions

The Smarhon-based “Svetly Shliakh” local government-owned newspaper has finally published the executive committee’s official decision on authorized election campaigning locations, says human rights defender Ales Dzerhachou. Meanwhile, the executive committee’s official web-site has not yet started to cover the forthcoming elections.

On the face of it, the decision is fairly liberal, as it only mentions three locations banned for holding election campaigning events. However, the venues are the most famous ones and were previously used for staging election pickets.

The web-site of Slonim district executive committee has but one article dealing with the parliamentary elections. It enumerates the locations prohibited for holding election events. The decision covers the entire town center, together with Slonim markets. Meanwhile it is yet unknown where candidates are allowed to canvass for votes.


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