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12 March 2024, 09:53

Nomination of candidates to upper house  of Belarus’ parliament kicks off on 12 March

MINSK, 12 March (BelTA) – The nomination of candidates for members of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus of the eighth convocation started on 12 March, BelTA has learned.

The Council of the Republic is a chamber of territorial representation. The procedure for forming the Council of the Republic combines elements of election and appointment. Eight members of the Council of the Republic representing every region and the city of Minsk are elected by secret ballot at sessions of local councils of deputies. Eight members are appointed by the president.

The Central Election Commission specified that the elections of members of the Council of the Republic are held on the basis of equal and indirect suffrage by secret ballot. The law provides for certain requirements for candidates. A member of the Council of the Republic must be a citizen of the Republic of Belarus, at least 30 years old, who has lived in the territory of the respective region or the city of Minsk for no less than five years and who has no prior criminal record. In addition, a candidate running for the Council of the Republic must not have a foreign citizenship or other documents of a foreign state granting benefits and preferences based on political and religious views or ethnicity.

The procedure for electing members of the Council of the Republic is laid out in the Electoral Code. A member of the Council of the Republic cannot simultaneously be the president of the Republic of Belarus, a deputy of the House of Representatives, a member of the government, or a judge.

Candidates are nominated by presidiums of local councils of deputies of the basic level and respective executive committees, and the presidium of the Minsk City Council of Deputies and the Minsk City Executive Committee.

The nomination of candidates running for a seat at the Council of the Republic will close on 21 March. After that, the list of nominees will be submitted to the Central Election Commission of Belarus.

The Central Election Commission will check the compliance of the nomination procedure with the electoral law and will make a decision whether nominees should be registered as candidates or not.

Registered candidates are elected at meetings of local councils of deputies of the basic level of each region and at the meeting of the Minsk City Council of Deputies. To be elected, a candidate should receive more than half of the votes of the deputies who take part in the voting.

The Central Election Commission will sum up the results of the elections of members of the Council of the Republic from the regions and the city of Minsk and will register the elected members.

The Central Election Commission will distribute information on the election results and the list of elected members of the Council of the Republic to the print media, and will publish it on its official website.
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