The Belarus president election will take place on 11 October 2015. The decision was made by the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus on 30 June, the final day of the parliament's seventh session.
Addressing the House of Representatives of the Belarus parliament, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina reminded that the election will involve a novelty — pre-election campaigning can now be financed by the electoral funds that the candidates can establish.
“The novelty says that the possible size of the electoral fund that a presidential candidate can have has been increased from 3,000 base amounts to 9,000 base amounts. At present the sum makes Br1.620 billion or about $105,000,” Lidia Yermoshina said.
Now the candidate's contribution to the electoral fund is unlimited. “A candidate now can fill the entire electoral fund with his/her own money and finance the whole campaign. In the past candidates were allowed to contribute 50 base amounts at most,” Lidia Yermoshina said.
She also pointed out that these electoral funds can be launched as soon as initiative groups are established. It is done for financing the collection of signatures. “We think these novelties will grant more opportunities for financing campaigning and result in the legalization of many expenses of candidates or potential candidates,” she said.
In accordance with the Belarus Constitution the president is elected for five years and assumes office after taking the oath. Presidential elections are scheduled by the lower chamber of the Belarus parliament at least five months in advance. A presidential election is planned for a Sunday and has to take place at least two months before the current president's term of office expires. The current Belarus president took the oath on 21 January 2011 and therefore the next election is supposed to take place on Sunday, 15 November 2015 at the latest.