MINSK, 12 February (BelTA) – Parties will need to re-register in the first half of the year, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said when summing up the results of the 6th Belarusian People's Congress in Minsk on 12 February, BelTA has learned.
The Justice Ministry has been notified of this. The initiative to get parties re-registered was voiced during the congress. "It's the right thing to do. We need to fine-tune the appropriate law understanding that we will need it. Once the Constitution amendments are adopted, we will refine many laws. Let's do it now and get parties re-registered," Aleksandr Lukashenko said. "Awareness raising campaign is needed to make sure people understand what this or that political organization stands for."
Yet, some delegates of the Belarusian People's Congress opposed party-list voting saying that it is too early yet to give such opportunity to parties. Most political organizations in the country exist, in fact, on paper only. This mens that the formation of a party merits a more serious consideration.
“We need to work on the party system. This process can be fast, or on the contrary, very snow. Once people understand the differences between the party of Oleg Gaidukevich [MP, Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus] and the party of Aleksei Kamai [Chairman of the Communist Party of Belarus], it will be time to introduce party-list voting,” said the president.
According to the head of state, the society should be ready for such innovations. It is important not to avoid dividing it by such reforms, Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized. “This process needs a careful approach. Today is not the time for dubious experiments,” he said.