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MINSK, August 24 (Itar-Tass) — Representatives of eight political parties have been registered to participate in the Belarusian parliamentary election, Belarusian Central Elections Commission Chairperson Lidia Yermoshina told a press conference on Friday.
The Liberal Democratic Party registered the biggest number of candidates, more than 70, and 35 candidates represent the United Civil Party, she said. Eight parties took part in the previous parliamentary election in Belarus, but the number of party candidates grew four times this year, she said. “A total of 206 candidates registered this year are party members, while the number stood at only 50 in 2008. That is 400% growth,” Yermoshina said.
Belarusian election laws allow political parties and labor collectives to nominate their candidates in parliamentary elections. Besides, it is possible to be registered as a candidate with the collection of signatures. District election commissions either accept or reject registration appeals.
The registration ended on August 23. One hundred and twenty-two applicants were rejected and another nine, including five party members, retracted their applications. In all, 363 candidates were registered to compete for 110 seats at the House of Representatives. “That is 90 candidates more than in the previous election,” Yermoshina said.
It appeared there will be only one candidate in four electoral districts; the number of such districts was 16 in 2008, she said.