November 18 in Paris at a meeting of the Political Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will discuss the situation in Belarus. The meeting will be attended by representatives of the Belarusian authorities and the opposition.
At the meeting, PACE rapporteur on Belarus Sinikka Hurskainen, which in August visited Belarus on a familiarization visit. Then the expected discussion with the Chairman of the Committee on Legislation and State Council of the Republic of Belarus Yevgeny Smirnov, a correspondent for the state, "Narodnaya Gazeta" Andrew Grandma, a presidential candidate, co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Vital Rymasheuski and deputy chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Andrei Alexandrov.
Secretary of the Central Election Commission Nikolai Lozovik expressed outrage against human rights defenders, who "passed the PACE information that is untrue, and the requirements of the law."
"This is information that has already become the subject of discussion at the PACE, and that is essentially discredits our electoral system, it not only has no legal basis and is hereby slandering our electoral system."
Nikolai Lozovik an example. According to human rights activists, observers were not allowed to check signatures for nomination of presidential candidates and thus their rights are limited. Nikolai Lozovik said that the observers are sent to the district committee at the meeting, and supervise the preparation of materials for meetings is not included in the list of actions observers. Commenting on this, a human rights activist Valentin Stefanovich said:
"We believe that included the article 13th, which contains a list of the rights of observers is not exhaustive. After exhaustive is that the observer can not do. Therefore, if the signature verification procedure spelled out in the Electoral Code, then we have to watch her . Otherwise, we can not confirm that these 10 candidates collected signatures, and that some signatures were invalid for some reason. We have to trust only what what they say Commission, which are formed by known how. We tried to send observers, they were not allowed, that's all. What are the problems? "
Valentin Stefanovich said that human rights defenders in their report wrote that the procedure for the verification of signatures "was completely closed and non-transparent."
Despite the fact that on November 18 in Minsk will host registration, presidential candidate Vitaly Rymashevski decided to participate in the meeting of the PACE political committee in Paris. During the debate, he would vote on the situation in Belarus.
"Free elections in Belarus are not. Already, the commission did not include representatives of the democratic circles in the majority, do not have access to the media. State media — monopolies, and even the names of the candidates mentioned in passing, perhaps once a week, and that is not all. C On the other hand, I am a supporter of openness to the European Union in Belarus. I do not accept the concept that the Russian bayonets are here to bring democracy. BCD position is the most balanced and constructive, not a puppet. "