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04 May 2021, 09:00

Soyuz political party denied registration in Belarus

MINSK, 4 May (BelTA) - The Belarusian Justice Ministry decided against the state registration of the political party Soyuz, BelTA learned from the press service of the ministry.

When studying the documents submitted for state registration, it was found out that the founders violated the established order of setting up a political party and submitted an invalid document.

According to the Justice Ministry, the Belarusian legislation requires at least 1,000 founders (members) from the majority of the country's regions and Minsk to establish a political party.

The founders of the political party Soyuz were 1,023 people. “During a random check of the information on the persons in the list of founders of the political party (150 out of 1,023 founding members were checked), it was found in respect to 26 people that there were no persons with the listed personal data,” the press service said. Thus, the submitted documents do not confirm that the political party Soyuz has at least 1,000 founders.

There was also found inaccurate information on the place of residence of some people. There were also facts when not all the information required by the Law on Political Parties were specified. In this regard, the list of founders of the party can not be recognized as a valid document for state registration.

In addition, it was established that a person who is not a citizen of Belarus acted as one of the founders, which indicates a violation of the established procedure for the creation of a political party. There were other violations as well.

“The above-mentioned violations, according to Article 17 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus On Political Parties, are grounds for denying state registration of a political party,” said the press service. The decision can be appealed to the Supreme Court.

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