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28 August 2019, 13:45

Belarus' CEC explains campaign coffer donation rules

MINSK, 28 August (BelTA) – It will be possible to transfer money to electoral funds of parliamentary candidates via Internet banking channels. The relevant matters were discussed at a session of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus on 28 August, BelTA has learned.

Candidates will be able to open special accounts in Belarusbank for their election campaigns once they are registered as candidates. Donating money to a candidate via Internet banking channels will be a new option during the current election campaign.

Electoral funds will be established voluntarily for the sake of financing pre-election campaigning. Candidates are free to spend their own money (1,000 base amounts at most, one base amount equals Br25.5 now). Citizens and corporations can donate 5 base amounts or 10 base amounts respectively. A candidate can spend at most 1,000 base amounts.

Participants of the session also discussed the procedure for the candidates to declare their revenues and property.

The Central Election Commission also approved a regulation on how candidates can use mass media and discussed the operation of the observation board in charge of overseeing the observance of pre-election campaigning rules.

Candidates will get access to television and radio as from 20 October: from 7:00 to 8:00 on the radio and from 19:00 to 20:00 on television. Candidates in the city of Minsk will get air time on the TV channel Belarus 3. Candidates in Minsk Oblast will get air time on the TV channel STV. Candidates in other oblasts will get air time from the respective regional TV companies. Their speeches will be accompanied by subtitles and sign language interpretation this year.

Candidate programs will be published in two central newspapers – Zvyazda and Respublika. Suggestions have been made to use capabilities of state-run or partially state-owned oblast newspapers, district, and city newspapers.

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