The Supreme Court rejected everyone's appeals. Except Tsiareshchenka's
12:08, — Politics
On September 6, The Supreme Court finished the consideration of complaints of unregistered candidates.
The court denied registration to youth activist Artur Finkevich and activist of the campaign "Tell the Truth" Mikhail Pashkevich, informs "Radio Svaboda".
Thus, only one application from 19 was satisfied of the former presidential candidate Viktar Tsiareshchenka. Four years ago, at the previous elections, there also were 19 complaints, but that time two were satisfied.
At today’s meeting Mikhail Pashkevich was not present. In a telephone conversation, he said that one should not seek any political context. Say, he had to leave Minsk on Monday, family business, and he does not have time to return to the court. Moreover, personal presence or absence would not have influenced the decision:
"We went to this "elections", not real elections, not in order to become "deputies". We are well aware of where we live. That is why we went to the "elections" in order to use the maximum of possibilities, which gives the campaign.
And, honestly, I am absolutely not upset by this decision. My conscience is clear. I know that we have collected fifteen hundred valid signatures that we have done that as one of the first. And I know exactly how closely we were checking them. It was important during the campaign to prove to myself that I can meet the minimum requirements for a candidate. And my conscience is clear. I believe that I have done this job well".
Lawyer Pavel Sapelka was observing several processes in the Supreme Court. Here are his thoughts:
"In principle, the consideration of cases in the Supreme Court was in form and content very similar to the electoral campaign. The visibility of legality, visibility of compliance with judicial procedures does exist. If only these legality preserved. However, at the output there is still a solution which strongly reflects the general state of the electoral system and general state of rights of participants in the electoral process. "
His opinion Sapelka confirms by a concrete example of the complaint of unregistered candidate Siarhrei Parsyukevich:
"The court has shown very clearly that in some cases the Electoral Code works, in some – doesn’t; for some candidates it works in this way, for others – in a different way. So, during the last presidential elections, signatures for a very famous candidate was collected not by members of his initiative group, but by other people And when they were caught, a statement of the CEC suddenly appeared, according to which non-members of the initiative groups also can collect signatures. And members can then put their signature on such lists. This is an example of how the CEC, in fact, violated the norms of the Code in favor of one candidate.
These rules have been extended to all other participants of the electoral process. However, the complaint of Parsyukevich was considered in the Supreme Court. And after that it was stated that a violation is a collection of signatures by not a member of the initiative group. Therefore, I immediately wanted to ask: why for some candidates there is one group of requirements, but for other - other? The rules should be the same for all".