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220 domestic observers registered in Belarus

MINSK, 26 July (BelTA) – 220 domestic observers have been registered in Belarus to monitor the election to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina told reporters on 26 July, BelTA has learnt.

Three out of 220 national observers were accredited by the CEC, the remaining ones by territorial election commissions. 152 observers were nominated by public associations, 47 by signature collection. “Political parties are not very active; there are only five their observers in all the commissions,” Lidia Yermoshina said. Most active are the national public association Belaya Rus (34 observers), BRSM Youth Union (24 observers), Belarusian Union of Women (12 observers). The CEC accredited 14 international observers represented by the CIS observation mission on 25 July.

The establishment of polling stations concluded on 21 July. All in all, 6,349 polling stations were set up, including the ones abroad. There will be 979 polling stations in Brest Oblast, 898 in Vitebsk Oblast, 1,098 in Gomel Oblast, 724 in Grodno Oblast, 1,083 and 809 in Minsk Oblast and Mogilev Oblast, 714 in the city of Minsk.

The number of polling stations somewhat shrank compared to the 2008 parliamentary election when there were 6,525 polling stations. This is attributed to demographic factors and optimization of administrative division. The number of polling stations reduced all over Belarus except for the city of Minsk.

After the borders of each election district are outlined, the formation of territorial commission starts. The nomination of people to work at territorial election commission is to conclude on 5 August. Nominees can be suggested by political parties, public associations, labor collectives and individuals by signature collection. Territorial commissions are to be formed by 8 August.

The major polling day is scheduled for 23 September.