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21 May 2020, 09:10

Signature collection campaign kicks off in Belarus

MINSK, 21 May (BelTA) - The collection of signatures to nominate candidates for the post of the President of Belarus will be held from 21 May through 19 June inclusively, BelTA has learned.

Fifteen initiative groups that have been registered with the Central Election Commission will be collecting signatures. At least 100,000 signatures are required for the candidate to get the right to run for the presidency.

Belarus citizens are free to give their signatures to several candidates, but only one to a specific candidate. Members of the initiative groups have the right to provide voters with the information about the biographies of the presidential candidates.

Given the epidemiological situation, signature collectors should follow the recommendations of the Healthcare Ministry to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection by wearing masks and using sanitizers.

BelTA reported earlier that the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus scheduled the presidential election for 9 August. According to the timetable, candidates will be nominated from 20 June through 4 July. They will be registered from 5 July through 14 July. Early voting is scheduled for 4-8 August. The Central Election Commission is supposed to sum up results of the election on 19 August at the latest. If the second round of the election is necessary, it will take place within two weeks of the first one, that is on 23 August.

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