13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate? - Belarus

Country: 
Belarus
Question: 
13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate?
Answer: 
Yes
Source: 

Article 73. Equality of rights and duties of candidates for the President of the Republic of Belarus and for deputy

"All candidates for the President of the Republic of Belarus and for deputy have equal rights and bear equal duties. A candidate for the President of the Republic of Belarus or for deputy has no right to use advantages of his office in the interests of election. Use of advantages of the office in this Code means:

  • engagement of persons who are in subordination or otherwise dependent through their work post for performing, during the working hours, activities that facilitate nomination and/or election;
  • use of the premises occupied by state bodies or organizations for performing activities that facilitate nomination and/or elections in case when other candidates for the President of the Republic of Belarus of for deputy who have applied in relation to the same issue are not able to use those premises on analogous conditions;
  • use of telephone and other types of communication and office equipment designed for support of the functions of state bodies and organizations, for performing activities that facilitate nomination and/or elections;
  • free-of-charge or privileged use of transport facilities owned by the state for performing activities that facilitate nomination and/or elections; and
  • gathering voters’ signatures and election agitation in the course of business trips."

Source: Article 73 (indents 1 - 8), Electoral Code of the Republic of Belarus, 2000 (Amended as of June 4, 2015)