Opposition’s electoral activity fits acceptable frameworks set by authorities
On February 20th, the registration of local candidates concluded in Belarus. The competition within a constituency is 1.2 candidates per seat, which is similar to the 2010 local elections.
The authorities managed to keep the opposition’s activity within the set frameworks. By registering fewer opposition candidates, the authorities attempt to avoid politicising problems induced by reduced social benefits. During the campaigning stage, targeted repressions against the most active opposition candidates may be used. However, local authorities will not introduce excess restrictions on campaigning for most party leaders, because they rely on full control over the election commissions.
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.