General election today


Belarus is holding a general election today for the fifth convocation of the House of Representatives (lower house) of the National Assembly or Parliament.

Polling will take place across 6,344 polling stations for the 7,078,809 registered voters from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time. There are 293 candidates standing for the 110 seats in the House of Representatives.

For this election there has been early voting allowed with around 26% alleged to have voted already. However opponents say that this has been used to coerce people, especially students to vote. The two main opposition parties, the United Civil Party of Belarus and the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) decided a week ago to boycott the elections.

In 2008 supporters of the incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko swept the parliament and few people expect any surprises today. International election observers say that there has been little sign of any campaigning across the country.

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