Lukashenko, Kochanova discuss election campaign, personnel, ideology

The Palace of Independence is the seat of the president of the Republic of Belarus. An archive photo

MINSK, 28 July (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, the president’s authorized representative for the city of Minsk Natalya Kochanova. Aleksandr Lukashenko and Natalya Kochanova discussed the organization of the forthcoming election campaign, matters concerning ideology and human resources, BelTA has learned.

Political matters were high on the agenda. The main one is the forthcoming election campaign. “We are about to begin an election campaign. It will be lengthy: this year and the next year started with municipal government agencies, municipal councils [elections of deputies of various municipal councils], the Belarusian People’s Congress (a new area for us) and ending with a presidential election. On the one hand, mobilization of people and our mobilization. On the other hand, certainly, we have to organize things in a way to prevent the country and the society from rocking like it happened in the past,” the head of state pointed out.

Personnel and ideology were also among the matters raised by the president. “We also have many problems here, many issues. It seems we work somehow but I’d like this work to be more effective,” Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked.

BelTA reported earlier that Belarus will hold its first ever single voting day in 2024. The campaign will feature elections to the parliament and municipal councils of deputies of various levels. The last Sunday in February is envisaged as a single voting day. Thus, the first single voting day will take place on 25 February 2024.

Another innovation is the formation of the Belarusian People’s Congress, which acquired a constitutional status after a referendum in Belarus. The Constitution stipulates that the Belarusian People’s Congress is supposed to convene for its first meeting within 60 days after a single voting day. Thus, the last day to start the meeting of the Belarusian People’s Congress is 25 April.


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