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Belarus’ parliamentary candidates to get prime time for election appearance

MINSK, 28 June (BelTA) – Candidates to the House of Representatives of the fifth convocation will be provided with best airtime on state TV and radio. Parliamentary candidates will be able to make their election appearance from 17:00 to 20:00, Secretary of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus Nikolai Lozovik told BelTA as he reviewed the session to discuss mass media coverage of the election campaign.

The airtime for election appearance may vary in different regions depending on the number of constituencies and registered candidates. “Mass media will be able to maneuver depending on their broadcasting plans,” Nikolai Lozovik said.

He added that the session was attended by representatives of print and electronic media. They discussed the CEC draft regulation on using mass media for the parliamentary election campaign. The document will be studied at one of the sessions of the Central Election Commission, Nikolai Lozovik said.

The rules of using print media during the election campaign have remained virtually unchanged. The draft regulation will provide a list of newspapers where candidates will be able to publish their election manifestos, determine the volume of manifestos, the deadline for submitting them to newspapers and some other issues. Amendments will be introduced to the use of airtime, because candidates will be given an opportunity to take part in debates, the CEC Secretary said.

The session discussed the time and the place of the debates. Together with journalists, single approaches were developed for organizing and holding election appearances and debates, the technical side of preparing and recording presentations and debates.

At the current stage of the election campaign political parties and other nation-wide public associations of Belarus, as well as labor collectives, groups of citizens are nominating their candidates to district election commissions. In line with the schedule, they will be able to do it up to and including 6 July by submitting an application to agencies responsible for formation of commissions, i.e. presidiums of councils of deputies and executive committees. Only one candidate can be nominated to one district election commission.