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25 January 2023, 15:09

Bill on amending Belarus' Electoral Code passes second reading

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MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – The bill “On amendments to the Electoral Code of the Republic of Belarus” passed the second reading at the meeting of the ninth session of the House of Representatives of the seventh convocation on 25 January, BelTA has learned.

The bill passed the first reading at the House of Representatives on 14 December 2022. “The Standing Commission on State Building, Local Government and Regulations and other interested parties had actively worked on this bill. And today the commission has submitted this bill for the second reading,” Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said.

The bill had been sent to all standing commissions of the House of Representatives, the Main Legal Department of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives, the Council of the Republic, the Council of Ministers, and other interested parties.

While preparing the bill for the second reading, the developers received a number of proposals and remarks from government agencies. Individual provisions of the bill were aligned with the bill “On the Belarusian People's Congress”.

The document was presented at the Oval Hall by Deputy Chairman of the Standing Commission on State Building, Local Government and Regulations of the House of Representatives Victor Svillo. He recalled the main amendments to the Electoral Code. “The minimum age to run for presidency is to be increased from 35 to 40 years. The president shall not be able to serve more than two terms. Elections of deputies shall be held on the single voting day. Elections to the Council of the Republic will be arranged by members of local councils of a new convocation who will be elected on the single voting day. The Electoral Code shall be supplemented with a section that specifies the procedure for electing representatives of local councils of deputies and civil society to the Belarusian People's Congress. The bill will introduce a new procedure for forming the Central Election Commission: the chair and members of the Central Election Commission shall be elected by the Belarusian People's Congress. The scope of reference of the commission will also be specified,” the MP said.

The bill passed criminology examination and was scrutinized by the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research. In accordance with the second part of Article 51 of the law “On the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus” the finalized version of the bill was sent to the president prior to getting the second reading at the House of Representatives. No remarks or suggestions were received.

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