Updated at 16:11,02-12-2016

Supreme Court refuses to hear suit against central election commission

The Supreme Court of Belarus has refused to hear a suit filed by Barys Bukhel, an opposition activist in Mahilyow, over what he called the central election commission's practice of concealing information.

As many as 127, or 83 percent, of the 153 known resolutions by the central election commission were unavailable on its website as of December 6, whereas the Electoral Code requires the commission's activities to be transparent, Mr. Bukhel, an activist of the Belarusian Popular Front, said in his statement.

Mr. Bukhel also noted that the site's poor design made it difficult to navigate, and that all of its content was available only in one state language, Russian, while the websites of governmental agencies and organizations are required to be in both Russian and Belarusian.

"The possibility of appealing such decisions is not provided for by regulations currently in force," the Supreme Court says in its reply, adding that the central election commission has made no "decision on this issue."

In an interview with BelaPAN, Mr. Bukhel noted that he actually appealed not some decision by the commission but a violation of his legitimate rights and the commission’s failure to abide by the Electoral Code and the constitution.