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22 November 2019, 13:09

CEC confirms results of Belarus' parliamentary vote

MINSK, 22 November (BelTA) – The results of the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly were validated at a session of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus on 22 November, BelTA has learned.

At the session chairpersons of the oblast election commissions and the Minsk City Election Commission took stock of the conduct of the elections in the regions and the capital city. After studying their reports, the CEC declared the elections valid and registered the new members to the House of Representatives of the seventh convocation.

Summing up the election outcomes, CEC Chairperson Lidia Yermoshina noted that the parliamentary vote was up to par, although there is still room for improvement. “There were shortcomings. We are aware of them better than any observers, because we see the process from inside. Naturally, we need to improve it,” she said specifying that she meant law enforcement practices. “There will be no amendments to the law in the build-up to the presidential election,” she emphasized. Lidia Yermoshina added that the existing electoral legislation offers broad opportunities for all election stakeholders.

The election turnout exceeded 77%.

The 110 members of the House of Representatives were elected. Members of political parties comprise 19.1% of the new parliament (21 people). The previous parliament had 16 representatives of political parties.

The Agrarian Party will be represented by one MP. The Liberal Democratic Party will also have one representative. The Belarus Patriotic Party won two seats. The Republican Party of Labor and Justice will be represented by six MPs. The Communist Party of Belarus will have 11 party members in the new parliament.

A total of 44 women MPs were elected to the new parliament, which represents a significant increase from 34.5% (or 38) in 2016 to 40% in 2019.

There are also two MPs under 30 years of age. Thirty people or 27.3% of MPs were re-elected.

The average age of MPs is 50.4. All of them have a university degree.

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