Elections kick off in Belarus on first-ever unified election day

    WORLD  25 February 2024 - 12:09

    Nearly 5,500 polling stations opened in Belarus at 8:00 a.m. (GMT+3) on the first unified election day in the country’s history on February 25.

    A total of 263 candidates are seeking to enter the 110-seat House of Representatives (lower house of parliament), and 18,802 hopefuls are competing for 12,514 seats on local councils, according to TASS.

    Polling stations will close at 8:00 p.m. There will be no overseas voting.

    The unified election day is taking place under the country’s updated constitution passed in February 2022. Now, members of parliament and local councils will be elected simultaneously for five years.

    More than 45,000 domestic observers are monitoring the vote, as well as almost 300 international ones, representing CIS nations (except for Moldova and Ukraine), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and the election authorities of a number of countries, including Russia.

    More than 6.9 million people are entitled to vote in Belarus.

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