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Bill on Belarusian People's Congress described as truly people's document

Wednesday, 02 November 2022

The bill on the Belarusian People's Congress is a truly people's document, Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko said at the seminar to discuss the legal framework for the Belarusian People's Congress and the improvement of the electoral legislation that was held in Lida, Grodno Oblast, on 2 November, BelTA has learned.

“The bill on the Belarusian People's Congress is a truly people's document. We collected extensive feedback during our communication with voters, we determined the formation procedure and competencies of the new public authority. Today we are fine-tuning some of the norms of the document before it is presented at the Oval Hall. In this regard, it is extremely important for us to get to know the opinion of not only the public, but also those professionals who will be directly involved in the implementation of the law and the holding of the largest electoral campaign in the history of sovereign Belarus – the election of delegates from local authorities, public associations,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.

The speaker recalled that representatives of councils of deputies of all levels will be nominated as delegates to the Belarusian People's Congress. “Is everything clear as to who nominates delegates and how? Civil society actors will also send their delegates to the congress. Are there any remarks that were left unattended? Have executive committees built a clear understanding of how to conduct the elections taking into account the introduction of a single voting day? In addition to that, the Council of the Republic should be formed simultaneously with that. All these processes should proceed quickly and smoothly. Why is this so important? The scope of reference of the Belarusian People's Congress covers key social and political issues. After the 2024 elections no other authority will be able to make decisions on these matters. Thus, it will be the Belarusian People's Congress that will form the judicial branch of power, determine key principles of the country's domestic and foreign policy, approve the military doctrine, and declare martial law. I believe that there is no need to explain the importance of these matters in the present conditions,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.

The bill “On the Belarusian People's Congress” and the bill “On amending the Electoral Code of the Republic of Belarus” had been put out for public debate. The discussion of the bill “On the Belarusian People's Congress” was arranged by the House of Representatives. Parliamentarians actively participated in the work of dialogue platforms at various levels, held meetings with labor collectives to explain the bills. All in all, 140 such events have taken place. The remarks and suggestions of the participants of the public dialogue will be taken into account during the preparation of the bill for the first reading at the current session of the House of Representatives. The discussion process will end with the seminar in Lida on 2 November.