November 17, parliamentary elections being held in Belarus to form the National Assembly of the seventh convocation. BELTA news agency reports this.
The polling stations all over the country opened at 8 a.m. and would work until 8 p.m. The country was divided into 110 electoral districts (which corresponds to the number of MPs), 5831 polling stations were formed, including 46 foreign ones.
According to the Central Election Commission, 513 candidates are claiming 110 seats in the House of Representatives. 6,880,605 citizens of Belarus have the right to vote. According to the CEC's latest data, election commissions have accredited 28,000 national observers: 1,700 from political parties, 23,100 from public associations, 1,200 from labor collections and 1,900 from individuals.
The parliamentary elections in Belarus are early. They were supposed to be held in 2020, but in April, President Alexander Lukashenko scheduled the polls for the fall, and next year the presidential elections would be held.