20 constituencies uncontested in Hrodna
An officially published list of registered candidates for the Hrodna City Council says only 41 candidates were registered by the City Election Commission in a total of 30 electoral districts of the city. 20 constituencies will be uncontested, voting in these districts loses all meaning.
Moreover, one can easily predict who will become members of the City Council in the remaining 10 districts. Among the nominees there are only representatives of the authorities, including school principals, a prosecutor, head of the District Internal Affairs Department Uladzimir Sycheuski, first Deputy Mayor Barys Fiodarau, current Chairman of the Hrodna City Council Anatol Nikitsin, directors of various state-owned enterprises, hospital doctors and heads of health care institutions.
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