November 30 the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Belarus issued a warning to candidates for the presidency of the country - the leaders of unregistered parties "Belarusian Christian Democracy" Vital Rymasheuski and the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (People's Hramada) Nikolai Statkevich for their participation in an unsanctioned meeting on Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk on November 24.
No warning wa issued to the leader of the campaign «Tell the truth!» Vladimir Niakliaeu. «Ostensibly Niakliaeu was not there as a caandidate, but as a citizen. The same as with emigration. Ostensibly he was there, but lived all the time in Belarus,» Nikolai Lozovik said, «Nasha Niva.»
However, the CEC rejected the request from the opposition candidates to withdraw all restrictions on the venue for the election actions. According to Nikolai Lozovik, some cities were lacking the space for campaigning, but steps have been taken.
CEC Refuses to Deprive Lukashenko of Registration
In addition, the Central Election Commission refused to deny registration of the incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko. The proposal was made by a member of the CEC with an advisory vote Sergei Skrebets, representing the interests of Nikolai Statkevich, the Belarusian service of Radio «Liberty» reports.
Under the law, the candidate is denied in registration if the budget of his campaign fund exceeds 50 basic units. At the same time, the cost of the Belarusian People’s Assembly amounts to millions of dollars, Sergei Skrebets said.
«This is nothing more than a political statement,» the head of the CEC Lidia Yermoshina noted, adding that the CEC is not ready to consider a proposal by Sergei Skrebets.
According to Telegraf, the CEC secretary Nikolai Lozovik stated while considering the withdrawal of registration of three presidential candidates on November 30, that Vital Rymasheuski should be punished by a warning and Nikolai Statkevich would be denied in accreditation.