Belarus' Election Commission plans to register presidential candidates September 10

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Belarus' Election Commission plans to register presidential candidates September 10

The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus plans to register presidential candidates on September 10, said on August 15 CEC head Lidia Yermoshina at a conference of the Belarusian Women's Union.

She also noted that candidates after the registration will be able to hold meetings with voters. They will be allowed to do this on application basis.

In turn, the Belarusian Women's Union has always taken an active part in the political life of the country. This year the organization put forward 119 candidates in electoral commissions.

Lidia Yermoshina, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Belarus:
Women's representation in the territorial election commissions is 6.2 percent. The same percentage is when it comes to election observation. If we compare to previous election years, I would say that the Union has started to play a more active role. In general, women's participation in the election commissions, even at the territorial level, where there are a lot of men, is now 59 percent. I think in district commissions there will be about 70 percent of women. So these elections are on women's shoulders in the full sense of the word.

Today, 180,000 women are members of the Union. Its representative offices are established in all regions, districts and cities. The Union helps its members with social advice and helps strengthen the family. It is actively expanding international activities. One of the main goals of the union is to improve the status of women.

Nadezhda Yermakova, Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Union of Women:
The status of women in our country is, of course, very high. Today some ministers and deputy ministers are women. We have confidence in women. Women who respect themselves work well. Therefore, they are noticed and proposed for higher positions.  But the main thing is to remain a human being and a mother. To bring up children is the main function of a woman.  

Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Belarus Marianna Shchetkina was elected new chairwoman of the association. Earlier, former head of the National Bank Nadezhda Yermakova was in charge of the Union.