Presidential candidate of democratic forces of Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich attended an awards-giving ceremony “Rock-Coronation”. Well-known musicians Pete Paulau and Alyaksandr Kulinkovich greeted him. He presented flowers to “Rock-crowns’” winners Lyavon Volski and Rusya (vocalist of Indiga group).
Candidate for presidency in Belarus Alyaksandr Kazulin is going to take part in the so-called “All-Belarusian Assembly”, which is to be held on March 2 in Minsk. In the morning Kazulin is going t register as a candidate of the assembly. Registration of Minsk candidates is to start at 8.30 a.m. in the Palace of Railway Workers. After that participants of the assembly are to go to the Palace of Republic, where Lukashenka is to arrive as a delegate of Shklou district.
In Hrodna region agitation campaign for democratic candidate for presidency, Alyaksandr Milinkevich, is sweep spread in Hrodna, Vaukavysk, Smarhon, Ashmyany, Astravets, Navahradak, Svislach, Karelichy, Dzyatlava, Lida, Slonim, other cities and towns. The Charter’97 press center was told about that by the head of Hrodna campaign headquarters leader, Anatol Khatsko. Policemen are trying to hinder campaign pickets, however, local dwellers started to defend activists of the single candidate’s team.
Ambassador Daniel Fried, United States assistant secretary of state, intends to make a representation concerning elections in Belarus at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington on March 9.
The US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, will hold a hearing on the situation in Belarus ahead of the presidential election coming later this month.
Aleksandr Voitovich, an ex-chairman of the Council of the Republic (upper parliamentary house) who withdrew from the country`s presidential race in January, has appealed to the central election commission to annul the registration of incumbent leader Aleksandr Lukashenko as a presidential candidate because of numerous violations of the constitution and the Electoral Code.
“We support Lukashenka’s contender at the presidential elections,” told Polish President Lech Kaczynski in an interview to Radio Polonia, speaking about Alyaksandr Milinkevich. As the Radio Svaboda informs, Lech Kaczynski is on an official visit to Ukraine.
Presidential candidate Alyaksandr Kazulin met with Prosecutor General of Belarus Pyotr Miklashevich. Kazulin passed him a number of complaints. Among them there was a petition concerning an incident by the National Press center, when unknown persons prevented Kazulin and his agents to hold a news conference, used force and special means, the Radio Svaboda informs.
The Bush administration says Belarus is harassing political opponents ahead of next months` presidential elections. President Bush met Monday with two Belarusian women, whose husbands - one a pro-democracy businessman and the other an independent journalist - disappeared in Belarus.
Belarus` top election official said that the recent publication of an opposition presidential candidate`s platform in a non-state newspaper was a violation of the Electoral Code. "Electoral legislation makes no provision for the publication of election platforms in the non-state media. Moreover, we regard such publications as financial assistance to candidates," Lidiya Yermoshina, chairwoman of the central election commission, said in an interview printed in the March 1 issue of the newspaper Zvyazda. The Electoral Code bars candidates from using funds other than that provided by the government for their campaigns.
Belarusian Education Minister Aleksandr Radkov called on the country`s students not to let themselves be deceived and urged them to vote for the incumbent president in the forthcoming election while speaking to a selected student audience at Belarusian National Technical University on February 28.
February 28, activists of the youth wing of the Ukrainian civil party “Pora” held a piquet by the Belarusian Embassy in Kiev. According to the “Pora” press-service, more than 30 people came to the Embassy carrying “yellow flags of the party and historical white-red-white flags of Belarus”, “protesting against the methods that the official power of Belarus uses to fight its competitors before the Presidential election”.
Today leaders of the civil initiative “We Remember”, members of the Council of civil initiatives “Free Belarus” Iryna Krasouskaya and Svyatlana Zavadskaya have met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed her solidarity with the wives of abducted opponents of Lukashenka regime, and told that the USA would never close the eyes to politically motivated abductions in Belarus.