Fewer than five alternative candidates are likely to run for presidency in Belarus
Not all potential candidates are likely to collect 100,000 signatures by August 21st, 2015 to support their nomination. For instance, Anatoly Lyabedzka’s Chief of Staff Lev Margolin said that the United Civic Party’s initiative group might not collect the required signatures and would use the remaining time until August 21st for campaigning. A similar situation is likely in the initiative group of Sergey Kalyakin. Representatives of Tatsiana Karatkevich’s initiative group said the required 100,000 signatures would be collected by the due date. According to the state TV, three alternative pro-government candidates – Sergei Gaydukevich, Vladimir Tereschenko and Nikolai Ulahovich would collect the required number of signatures.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.