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02 September 2019, 17:33

Party members account for 19.1% of candidates to Belarus' district election commissions

MINSK, 2 September (BelTA) – Members of political parties account for 19.1% of the total number of candidates to district election commissions set up for the elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the seventh convocation, BelTA learned from the website of the Central Election Commission (CEC).

All in all, 110 district election commissions are supposed to be established in Belarus till 2 September. A total of 1,959 people put themselves forward as candidates for the commissions, 1,427 of them, or 72.8%, represent public associations. According to the CEC, political parties fielded 375 candidates, or 19.1%, other public associations – 1,052 candidates, or 53.7%.

The most active political party at this stage of the parliamentary elections has been the Communist Party of Belarus. It nominated 86 members to the district election commissions, which accounts for 4.4% of the total candidates. The Belarusian left party A Just World follows with 74 candidates (3.8%). The Republican Party of Labor and Justice rounds out the top three most active parties with 60 people (3.1%).

Among other public associations, trade unions have taken the lead, putting up 286 candidates (14.6%). The national public association Belaya Rus and the BRSM Youth Union each fielded one candidate to each of 110 district election commissions.

A total of 625 independent citizens applied to district election commissions, which accounts for 31.9%. Labor collectives appointed 77 nominees (3.9%).

After the district election commissions are formed, candidates eager to run for seats in the Belarusian parliament may start submitting documents to the commissions (first of all, to register an initiative group to collect nomination signatures).

The elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus are scheduled for 17 November, to the Council of the Republic – for 7 November.

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