Mazyr: defect information about candidates
On 31 March, the socio-political Mozyr newspaper Zhyttsio Palessia printed the list of candidates for Mazyr district Council of Deputies and Homel regional Council of Deputies. It is quite interesting that the surnames of the candidates are published in the alphabet order. The places of work, official positions and information about the income are put opposite the surnames. However, the names and the numbers of the constituencies at which the candidates intend to run aren’t indicated at all. Alternative elections will take place only in 3 out of 40 constituencies on elections to Mazyr district Council of Deputies. 37 constituencies have just one candidate, and the electors can vote only ‘for’ or ‘against’.
There are four constituencies for elections to Homel regional Council of Deputies in Mazyr. Alternative elections will take place only in two of them, Prytytskaya election constituency #45, and Paleskaya election constituency #43. In the latter constituency the elections became alternative after the review of the decision on non-registration of the candidacy of Uladzimir Tseliapun, member of the Belarusian Popular Front Party.
Most of candidates in non-alternative constituencies are state officials. There are also three businessmen, two of whom have rivals. Siarhei Lapusta, member of the United Civil Party, is the rival of businessman A.Chabanian, and V.Kazlouski, economist of the marketing department of Mazyr oil-processing plant, is the rival of businessman Karzheuski.
4 out of 43 registered candidates for Mazyr district Council of Deputies are members of the Communist Party of Belarus – A.Haradnitski, general member of Mazyr district public utilities and amenities, LHrytsenka – Chairperson of Mazyr district committee of the trade union of workers of education and science, A.Zbarouski – manager of branch #401 of Priorbank, L.Pisanik – Chairperson of Mazyr district Council of Deputies. One more candidate, Siarhei Lapusta, is a member of the United Civil Party.
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