MINSK, 14 July (BelTA) – The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus registered five presidential candidates on 14 July, BelTA has learned.
The people who will run for president include Andrei Dmitriyev, Anna Kanopatskaya, Aleksandr Lukashenko, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Sergei Cherechen.
Viktor Babariko was denied registration due to inconsistencies in his income and assets declaration and because a foreign organization was involved in his campaigning. The CEC did not register Valery Tsepkalo either, as he failed to collect 100,000 valid support signatures. In addition to that, the income and assets declaration of his wife contained some considerable inaccuracies.
On 14 July the CEC considered a number of other matters related to the presidential race. The CEC amended the provision on the use of mass media during the election campaign. The CEC also made corrections to the TV and radio air time of the candidates. It was noted during the CEC session that the incumbent president who is running for another term in office refused to use airtime in broadcast media. Taking into consideration this fact and the capacities of the Belarusian State TV and Radio Company, the CEC noted that in its view the most optimal time for airing messages on radio will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 till 9:00. The first addresses will be broadcast on 20 July and 22 July. The subsequent addresses will be aired on 27 July and 29 July. Candidates' addresses will be broadcast on TV on 21 and 28 July from 17:00 to 19:00. The CEC proposed to hold a televised debate on 30 July. The CEC also amended the list of print media where candidates can publish their campaign materials. In addition to that, the CEC held drawing of lots to determine the date and time of airing messages by each candidate.
A reminder, the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus scheduled the presidential election for 9 August. Early voting will take place on 4-8 August. The Central Election Commission is supposed to sum up results of the election on 19 August at the latest. If necessary, the second round of the election is supposed to take place within two weeks of the first ballot day or not later than 23 August.