Secretary of the Central Election Commission of Belarus Nikolai Lozovik said that the Supreme Court could not consider the complaint of ex-presidential candidate Rygor Kastusiou. "The decision of the Central Election Commission to recognize the election results can't be reconsidered in the Supreme Court. It is not provided by the electoral law," the CEC secretary said.
According to him, Article 79 of the Electoral Code does not provide for appeal against the decision of the CEC on the election results in the Supreme Court if they were recognized as valid, BelaPAN.
According to this article, election results can be reconsidered in the Supreme Court only in case of elections’ denial by the Central Executive Committee.
It’s Unclear why CEC — Ultimate Authority in Vote Counting, Lawyers
Meanwhile, former judge of the Constitutional Court, current independent lawyer Mikhail Shepherd believes that the final authority in recognizing or not the elections should be the Constitutional Court.
«Even if there are no formal opportunity to appeal against the decision of the CEC to recognize the election results as valid, such a right must actually exist. It is hard to guess why the CEC should be an ultimate authority in the vote counting, if it doesn’t deal with this issue itself,» the lawyer said.
According to him, the Belarusian authorities are not interested in paying attention to the election results. «Probably, the Supreme Court don’t want to deal with elections as well. So, everything might end with filing a complaint,» Mikhail Shepherd says.
According to Telegraf, the ex-presidential candidate from the BPF Rygor Kastusiou filed an application to the Supreme Court of Belarus to reconsider the decision of the Central Election Commission to recognize the results of the presidential elections. As reported in PBNF, the statement includes a list of violations, recorded by observers, the election commission members and candidates’ representatives.