Local elections: authorities ensure candidates’ nomination in all districts
On February 10th, the nomination of candidates to local councils was completed. In many districts, the authorities faced difficulties in nominating their own candidates to the local councils.
Only 3% of the candidates were nominated through party lists, opposition candidates made up 1.6% of all candidates. So far, the authorities havesuccessfully addressed the local elections’ two mutually exclusive tasks – ensuring local councils consist of pro-governmental candidates and keeping the profile of local elections low by providing minimal media coverage.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.