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09 October 2019, 15:52

As many as 703 candidates nominated to Belarus' parliament

MINSK, 9 October (BelTA) – A total of 703 people have been nominated to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the seventh convocation. Some 824 sets of documents were submitted to the election commissions, BelTA learned from the website of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus.

82.9% of candidates used one of three nomination options (through the collection of signatures, by a political party or a labor collective). 16.9% of candidates made use of the two options. One person was nominated through all three options.

424 potential candidates to the parliament, or 51.5%, were nominated by political parties. Among the leaders are the Liberal Democratic Party (15.2%), the United Civic Party of Belarus (8%), and the Communist Party of Belarus (7.7%). Some 33% of the candidates have been nominated through the collection of signatures, 15.5% - by labor collectives.

25% of nominees are women, 8.8% are young people under 30. Thirty-four outgoing MPs (4.8%) will seek reelection. Deputies of local councils will also run for seats in the parliament (8.3% of the total).

As for the professional activity of the nominees, 16.5% of them are engaged in the industry, construction, and transport, 15.2% - in science, education, healthcare, culture and sport, and 10.1% are civil servants.

Elections to the Council of the Republic are scheduled for 7 November, while elections to the House of Representatives are slated for 17 November.

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