Due to limited resources Belarusian opposition is unlikely to nominate many candidates in upcoming elections
‘The Right to Elect 2015’ Election Observation Campaign to the State Control Committee requesting to bring to administrative liability Central Election Commission officials for ignoring collective proposals for changes in the electoral legislation. Unlike negotiations about the single candidate nomination, the opposition cooperation on election observation has been rather effective. Eight oppositional organisations have agreed to organise election observation: initiators of the ‘People’s Referendum’, Belarusian Christian Democracy, ‘Green’ party, independent trade union REP and the organizing committee for creating the Freedom and Progress party. While some opposition leaders have already announced their intention to become candidates in the upcoming presidential elections, many have not yet made a final decision and are seeking additional funds and activists for the campaign. Some opposition parties do not plan to support any one of the potential candidates, and many opposition activists will focus on election observation. In any case, the CEC will screen all candidates and may not register the most inconvenient for the government.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.