Belarus’ presidential election may be held on Lukashenka ‘former’ birthday

The next presidential election may take place on 30 August 2020, Lidziya Yarmoshyna, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus, said in Sunday’s program televised by TV channel ONT. Interestingly, August 30 is known to be the incumbent president’s birthday.

According to the top official, the best time for holding presidential elections is early spring. But in this case the space of time between the two high-profile events in Belarus – parliamentary and presidential electons – will be too short.

The presidential campaign will run within the period established by the Constitution, Yarmoshyna stressed. August 30, 2020 is the last probable.

“I think it is highly likely to be the date of the presidential election,” CEC Chairperson said.

Last week, Lidziya Yarmoshyna put forward the initiative to hold elections to the Council of the Republic (upper chamber) on November, 7 and elections to the House of Representatives (lower chamber) on November, 17.

The exact dates of the two elections have been wrapped in mystery for long. In February 2019, Ms Yarmoshyna said that it was still unknown whether the parliamentary or presidential campaign would kick off in the autumn of 2019.

Before 2009, Alyaksandr Lukashenka celebrated his birthday on August 30 (and numerous sources still refer to this date), but later he decided that he liked August 31 more — on the same day as his younger son Mikalai. At the moment, his official website says that Alyaksandr Lukashenka was born on August 31, 1954.

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