The elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus, members of the House of Representatives and local Councils of Deputies are held by election commissions.
The commissions are independent from state bodies in their mandate and are not bound by the decisions of political parties and other public associations.
Decisions of the commissions taken within the scope of their authority are mandatory for all the state bodies, political parties, other public associations, organizations, as well as citizens.
Decisions of the higher ranking commissions taken within the scope of their responsibility should be fulfilled by subordinate commissions.
The Central Election Commission is a state body that holds presidential elections, elections of the members of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, members of local Councils of Deputies and republican referenda.
Major responsibilities of the Central Election Commission:
Presidential candidates and political parties taking part in parliamentary elections delegate their representatives to the Central Election Commission with a right of deliberative vote.
Local election commissions are formed by local executive and representative bodies within 75 to 85 days prior to elections (precinct commissions – within 45 days).
Members of the commission are nominated by political parties, other public associations, as well as citizens.
As a rule, at least one third of members of commissions should be made up of representatives of political parties and public associations. The number of government employees should not exceed one third of the commissions.
Citizens nominate their representatives to election commissions at rallies of labor collectives and through collection of signatures.