Against the background of continuing electioneering to the lower chamber of Belarusian National Assembly, nominating process for the upper chamber of the Council of the Republic at the National Assembly has been launched.
We would remind you that according to the existing legislation both representative and executive bodies of base level (that is, municipal and regional ones) have the right to nominate candidates for the Council of the Republic.
Selection of candidates at the level of local Boards and executive committees will be taking place for a month (up to September 15th). The selection itself will be held at the regional meeting of base level deputies. Each Municipal and Regional Council will send the deputies who, by means of secret ballot, will elect members of the Council of the Republic at the general meeting.
According to the Constitution, only a Belarusian citizen who is over 30 and has lived on the territory of the corresponding region or Minsk city not less than for five years can become a candidate for the upper chamber of Belarusian parliament.
The citizens who have no right to be a public employee in view of the convictions which haven’t been expunged or cancelled in the statute-established order cannot be nominated as the candidates.
Eight representatives from each region of the republic and Minsk city are elected to the Council of the Republic. Eight more members of the parliament’s upper chamber are appointed by the President.