No cameras at polling stations, even at citizens’ expense

According to the Central Election Commission, the proposal to install cameras at polling stations at the expense of Belarusians does not meet the requirements of the election law, reports TUT.by.

A CEC member with the right of advisory vote Pavel Dzik, representing the interests of presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has been promoting the project of installing video cameras. According to him, the “Honest People” initiative has worked out both technical and legal issues of the procurement.

“Given the volume of the order, several companies, which were ready to work together, responded to the proposal,” he said.

He also said that the purchased cameras would meet all the requirements of the country’s legislation. They would be installed at the vast majority of sites.

But “all the members of the election commission, having familiarized themselves with the proposed draft decision, which provides for live video broadcasting 24 hours a day from the polling stations and placement of citizens’ own video cameras on their applications, expressed their opinion that the draft does not meet the requirements of the election legislation and the procedure for practical implementation of the proposal is unclear,” says the answer signed by Lidziya Yarmoshyna.

The CEC also noted that the Electoral Code does not allow citizens’ technical means for organizing elections.

This year the CEC has introduced changes at some polling stations: now the booths will not be completely closed with curtains.

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