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Article 41
 

Powers of the Town (in Towns Subordinated to Region), Settlement and Rural Territorial Electoral Commissions on Elections of Deputies of the Town, Settlement and Rural Councils of Deputies, on the Referendum and on the Holding of Voting for Recall of the Deputy

 

The town (in towns subordinated to region), settlement and rural territorial electoral commissions on elections of deputies of the town, settlement and rural Councils of Deputies, on the town, settlement and rural referendum and on the holding of voting for recall of the deputy shall:

1) organise the holding of elections of deputies of the town, settlement and rural Councils of Deputies, of the town, settlement and rural referendum and of the voting for recall of a deputy of the town, settlement or rural Council of Deputies and exercise control over the observance of the requirements of this Code and other legislative acts of the Republic of Belarus on elections, referendum and recall of the deputy in the territory of the town, settlement or rural Council;

2) direct activities of the precinct commissions;

3) hear information of the officials (workers) of the local executive and administrative bodies and organisations on the issues connected with the preparation and the holding of elections, referendum and recall of the deputy of the local Council of Deputies;

4) control over the compilation of the lists of citizens who have the right to take part in the elections, referendum or recall of the deputy and the submission of them for familiarisation by everyone;

5) dispose of monetary resources allocated for the preparation and the holding of elections, the town, settlement or rural referendum or recall of the deputy of the respective local Council of Deputies; distribute part of the resources allocated for the preparation and the holding of the town, settlement or rural referendum among the precinct commissions and exercise control over the target use of the allocated resources; control over the provision to the precinct commissions of rooms, transport facilities, communication facilities and consider other issues of material, technical and organisational support for securing the elections, referendum or recall of the deputy; and

6) consider applications and complaints against decisions and actions of the precinct commissions and take decisions on them.

 

The regional, settlement and rural territorial electoral commissions, in addition to the powers stipulated in part one of this article, when holding elections of deputies of the town, settlement or rural Councils of Deputies, shall:

1) form the electoral districts for elections to the town, settlement or rural Councils of Deputies on recommendations of the town, settlement or rural executive committee:

2) register initiative groups of citizens for the collection of signatures of electors in support of the persons proposed for the nomination as candidates for deputies and the holding of agitation for their elections; and issue respective certificates to members of the initiative groups;

3) assist in organisation of the nomination of candidates for deputies;

4) register candidates for deputies and their proxies and issue respective certificates to them;

5) approve texts of the ballot papers for elections of deputies of the town, settlement and rural Council of Deputies for each electoral district; provide for the making of the ballot papers and supply of them to precinct commissions;

6) organise together with labour collectives and public associations meetings of candidates for deputies with the electors both in the labour collectives and at the place of living; and assist in the printing of posters with biography data and election programs of the candidates for deputies;

7) secure the observance of equal legal conditions for election activities of the candidates for deputies of the town, settlement and rural Councils of Deputies;

8) summarise the results of elections for the town, settlement and rural Councils of Deputies and submit information on them to the regional territorial electoral commission and register the elected deputies; publish information on the results of elections and the list of elected deputies of the town, settlement and rural Councils of Deputies and issue certificates to the deputies elected;

9) organise the holding of a second round of voting and of new elections of deputies of the town, settlement and rural Councils of Deputies and elections of deputies instead of those who have left their position;

10) hand over to the commission of the town, settlement and rural Councils of Deputies which supervises the issues of mandate the documentation required for the verification of the powers of the deputies elected in each electoral district; and

11) convene the first session of the newly elected town, settlement and rural Councils of Deputies.

 

The commissions mentioned in part one of this article, when holding a recall of a deputy of the town, settlement and rural Council of Deputies, shall:

1) register the initiative groups for the collection of signatures in support of the proposal on initiation of the issue on recall of the deputy;

2) appoint the voting on the recall of the deputy;

3) approve the text of the ballot paper for the recall of the deputy and provide for the making of ballot papers and supply of them to the precinct commissions; and

4) establish the results of the voting on recall of the deputy and take decision on acknowledging the deputy as being recalled by the electors.

 

The town, settlement and rural commissions on referendum, in addition to the powers stipulated in part one of this article, when holding a town, settlement or rural referendum, shall:

1) provide to the precinct commissions the ballot papers for voting in the town, settlement or rural referendum; and

2) establish the results of the voting in the town, settlement and rural referendum and inform about them in local mass media or make them otherwise known by the citizens.

 

The commissions mentioned in this article shall also exercise other powers in conformity with this Code and other legislative acts of the Republic of Belarus.

 

Powers of the town, settlement and rural territorial electoral commissions on elections of the deputies of local Councils of Deputies shall be preserved until the elections to the local Councils of Deputies of the new convocation are appointed.

 

Powers of the town, settlement and rural commissions on the referendum shall terminate one month after the decision of the referendum came into force.