Lidia Yermoshina

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Lidia Yermoshina
Лидия Михайловна Ермошина
Lidia Yermoshina - September 2016 (cropped).jpg
Lidia Yermoshina in September 2016.
Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus
Assumed office
6 December 1996
LeaderAlexander Lukashenko
Preceded byViktar Hanchar
Personal details
Born (1953-01-29) 29 January 1953 (age 67)
Slutsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materImmanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

Lidia Mikhailovna Yermoshina (Belarusian: Лідзія Міхайлаўна Ярмошына Lidziya Mikhaylauna Yarmoshyna; Russian: Лидия Михайловна Ермошина Lidiya Mikhaylovna Ermoshina; born 29 January 1953) is a Belarusian politician. She has been a member of the Central Election Commission of Belarus since 1992, and Chairwoman since 1996.

Biography[edit]

Yermoshina was born in Slutsk, Minsk Voblast on 29 January 1953. In 1975, she graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. Beginning in 1975, she worked as a legal advisor until becoming an attorney's assistant in 1987. She became Chairwoman of the Judiciary of the City Executive Committee of Babruysk in 1988, a post she held until 1996.

Belarusian elections[edit]

She has been a member of the Central Election Commission of Belarus since 1992, and Chairwoman of organization since 1996. On 10 April 2006, following the 2006 presidential election in Belarus, she was placed on a list of over 40 members of the Belarusian government banned from entering the European Union and the United States for allegedly participating in the manipulation of the results of the presidential election; the ban was lifted in 2008.[1]

On 15 December 2010, presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov logged a legal complaint application to the Central Election Commission of Belarus, demanding they remove Yermoshyna from her office as Chairperson of the Central Election Commission. He cited that her position was illegal, as Yermoshyna was a member of incumbent Aleksandr Lukashenko's political team, compromising her neutrality, and was under international scrutiny for purportedly rigging the previous election. The complaints were ineffective.[2]

On 9 August 2020, Yermoshina appeared on Belarusian TV to condemn the "deliberate provocations" of protest voters in the 2020 Belarusian presidential election.[3] She also described long queues outside polling stations as an attempt at "sabotage" by the opposition.[4]

Independent observers of the election have noted vote counting irregularities and dozens have been subject to harassment and detention.[4] U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the elections as "neither free nor fair."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Lidia Yermoshina has been divorced twice,[6] and has a son who died at age 40 of unknown causes in June 2016.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EU lifts Belarus travel ban". Aljazeera. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ Batiukov, Michael (16 December 2010). "Presidential Elections in Belarus are Rigged and Falsified Even Before the Elections on December 19th". American Chronicle. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Belarus' CEC blames long queues outside polling stations on provocations | Presidential election 2020 in Belarus | Belarus.by". www.belarus.by. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  4. ^ a b Dixon, Robyn. "Belarusan election officials say exit polls favor Lukashenko". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Thousands in Belarus decry president's reelection as rigged". AP NEWS. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Yarmoshyna: I left as the men leave - I left my husbands apartments". EuroRadio. 29 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Lawyer Aleksei Yermoshin, the son of the head of the Central Election Commission, died". Tut.by. 11 June 2017.

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