Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
It is needed to limit the number of presidential terms, introduce a proper separation of powers (judicial, executive, legislative), and limit the overall powers of the President.
We need a new Constitution as soon as possible, and preparing for the referendum is a lengthy process, which takes time. Therefore, it is important to start as soon as possible. We believe that now is a good time to start fulfilling the pre-election promises.
At the moment, there is no exact wording, it will be determined at the meeting of the members of the initiative group. Clear and concise wording suggesting the return of the 1994 Constitution will be a priority when taking a decision.
A team of qualified specialists worked on the Constitution of 1994, taking into consideration both international experience as well as our national realities. There are no doubts about the legitimacy and validity of this Constitution, which once allowed for free and fair elections.
First, it is unclear whether Belarus will have the President who will have a single presidential term by the time the referendum is held. Second, there are no legal prerequisites for it, so it will require an addition of a special clause.
In the 1994 Constitution, the Belarusian language is defined as the official language. It is also specified that “one can freely use the Russian language as the language of interethnic communication in the Republic of Belarus.” Since the language question is very important, it can be brought up for discussion by an initiative group and taken into account separately when formulating the referendum question.
Opinions on this vary, so we will need to reach a compromise. Since the most probable obstacle to the referendum is the review process by the Ministry of Justice, we must prioritise having a straightforward question formulated.
A decision on this will be made at the meeting of the initiative group. Here again, we want to underscore: the clearer the question is, the harder it is to reject the initiative.
We can not say anything with confidence at the moment. Though our team is convinced that the probability is much higher than that of collecting 100,000 signatures during the pandemic was — even so, you managed to collect 434,985 signatures for just one of the candidates!
An insufficient number of signatures, a vague or incorrect wording of the question submitted to the referendum.
It will be discussed at the meeting of the initiative group. Here again, we want to underscore: the clearer the question is, the harder it is to reject the initiative..
They are the same as those of collecting signatures for the nomination for the presidency were. The main tasks are to collect signatures and certify the authenticity of the sheets.
Unfortunately, no. We do have ideas on how they can help us remotely though.
The question already holds the answer: he will HAVE TO approve it of. If we collect the required number of signatures and the CEC approved them of, the Head of State will HAVE TO issue a decree on holding a referendum within two months.