MINSK, September 13. /TASS/. Six regions of Belarus and capital Minsk have delegated 56 representatives to the Council of the Republic (upper house) of the National Assembly. The senators were elected at the meetings of local councils and the Minsk city council.
The upper house elections were held on a "no-choice" basis. A candidate needed to gain more than 50% of the deputies’ votes to be elected.
The Council of the Republic’s speaker Mikhail Myasnikovich was elected in Minsk and thus retained his seat. The Central Election Commission is expected to approve the new members of the upper house before September 30. The current members’ term will expire on October 18.
The Council of the Republic comprises 64 representatives of the country’s constituencies. Local councils in each region including the capital elect eight deputies each by secret ballot. The country’s president appoints another eight members of the Council of Republic.
Any Belarusian national has the right to be elected member of the Council provided he or she is over 30 years of age and has been living in the relevant region on in the capital for at least five years.