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12 August 2016, 18:02

Elections 2016. Belarus' CEC: 28 current MPs have been registered as parliamentary candidates

MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – As many as 28 members of the current-convocation House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus have been registered as candidates for parliamentary seats, BelTA learned from the website of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus.

A total of 521 candidates have been registered out of the 630 people, who have submitted registration applications. As many as 93 candidates have been denied registration while another 16 candidates have withdrawn their applications.

The registered candidates include 199 people (38.2%) nominated by collecting signatures of citizens, 125 people (24%) nominated by labor collectives, and 331 people (63.5%) nominated by political parties. As far as political parties are concerned, 77 candidates (14.8%) have been nominated by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), 57 candidates (10.9%) have been nominated by the United Civil Party (OGP), and 49 candidates (9.4%) have been nominated by the BNF Party.

Among the registered candidates there are 129 women (24.8% of the total), 52 citizens under 30 (10%), and 43 members of municipal councils of deputies (8.3%).

As far as the occupation of the registered candidates is concerned, 95 people (18.2%) came from education, culture, science, and healthcare, 24 people (4.6%) came from trade and consumer services, 51 people (9.8%) represent government agencies, 8 people (1.5%) represent law enforcement agencies and the army, 35 people (6.7%) represent the private sector, 90 people (17.3%) came from industry, transport, and civil engineering, and 9 people (1.7%) came from agriculture. Other areas of activities are represented by 137 candidates (26.3%). As many as 30 candidates (5.8%) are unemployed and 42 candidates (8.1%) are pensioners.

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