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What is the timeline of current electoral campaign?

According to the Electoral Code of the Republic of Belarus (the third part of the Article 56), the elections for the House of Representatives of the new convocation are appointed by the President of the Republic of Belarus not later than four months before and not later than 30 days before the end of the term of the current House of Representatives’ convocation. According to the Article 4 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus” the term of office is four years. The mandate of the National Assembly’s chambers starts since the first meeting of the newly elected House of Representatives of the Council of the Republic. 

The previous elections for the House of Representatives were held on 23rd September 2012, and the first meeting of the House of Representatives of the fifth convocation was held on 18th October 2012. 

Thus, the four-year term of office of the House of Representatives ends on 17th October 2016, and the elections for the House of Representatives of the sixth convocation must be held not later than on 17th September 2016. In conformity with the usual practice the parliamentary elections are held on Sunday, and therefore the exact deadline for the elections in 2016 is 11th September 2016. 

The elections to the Council of the Republic of the new convocation are appointed by the President of the Republic not later than four months, and are held within 30 days before the end of the term of the current convocation of the Council of the Republic (article 97(1) of the Electoral Code)

The current term of the office of the Council of the Republic ends on 18th October 2016 because the first meeting of the Council of the Republic of the fifth convocation was held on 19th October 2012. 

Therefore, the elections for the Council of the republic of the sixth convocation will be held in the period from 18th June to 18th September 2016. 

 

 

 

 

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