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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.
Лидия Михайловна Ермошина
|Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus|
|Assumed office |
6 December 1996
|Preceded by||Viktar Hanchar|
|Born||29 January 1953|
Slutsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
|Alma mater||Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University|
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.
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.
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.
On 9 August 2020, Yermoshina appeared on Belarusian TV to condemn the "deliberate provocations" of protest voters in the 2020 Belarusian presidential election. She also described long queues outside polling stations as an attempt at "sabotage" by the opposition.
Independent observers of the election have noted vote counting irregularities and dozens have been subject to harassment and detention. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the elections as "neither free nor fair."
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