Presidential elections in Belarus will be held on 9 August. The majority of MPs voted for this date during an extraordinary session of the House of Representatives on 8 May, several sources told TUT.BY.
Before the start of voting, the deputies were addressed by Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Lidia Yermoshina. She suggested 9 August as the date for the presidential election in Belarus.
Since, according to the law, the deadline for holding the election is 30 August, and the election should be held on Sunday, the deputies had to choose from four dates: 9, 16, 23 and 30 August.
A total of BYN 36 million ($14,775 million) will be allocated from Belarus’ state budget for 2020 for two rounds of the presidential election. BYN 25 million ($10,214 million) will be designated for the first round, and BYN 11 million ($4,561 million) for the second round.
Documents for registration of initiative groups of presidential candidates must be submitted before May 15. Documents can be submitted either by the candidate himself or his representative by proxy. Until 19 May, the CEC will decide on the registration of initiative groups.
From 21 May to 19 June, initiative groups will collect signatures for presidential candidates. Recall that earlier deputy Oleg Gaydukevich, blogger Sergey Tikhanovsky, chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party Hramada Sergei Cherechen announced their intention to participate in the presidential election.
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A single opposition candidate will be determined by the end of May. The incumbent president also announced his intention to participate in the election. This will be the sixth presidential election campaign of Alexander Lukashenko.
For your information, only the journalists of the national media outlets were allowed to the parliament session on Friday, there were no independent media journalists among them.