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Belarusian parliamentary election, 2008

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Belarus

The Belarusian parliamentary election, 2008 was held in Belarus on 28 September 2008.[1] The 110 seats in the House of Representatives were at stake.[2]

[6] Belarusian citizens abroad were able to cast their votes at 40 polling stations located in 31 countries.[7] Advance voting occurred on September 23 through September 26 and was characterized by active participation: more than 26% of registered voters cast their ballots.[8] Voter turnout was reported to be 76.7%.[9]

According to the OSCE, the elections were undemocratic and the work of international observers was seriously hindered as the observers were refused access to the facilities where the votes were counted.[10] But according to a CIS election observation mission, the elections in Belarus conformed to international standards.[11]

Results

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Communist Party of Belarus 229,986 4.3 6 –2
Agrarian Party of Belarus 32,230 0.6 1 –2
All other parties 458,278 8.5 0 -1
Independents 4,050,264 75.2 103 +5
Against all 499,890 9.3
Invalid/blank votes 113,999 2.1
Total 5,384,647 100 110 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

According to the official results the oppositional parties failed to gain any of the 110 available seats, all of which were given to parties and non-partisan candidates loyal to president Alexander Lukashenko. The Central Election Commission declared this to be due to the overwhelming popular fear of mass demonstrations and of the "radical political changes" demanded by the opposition. This declaration was met with immediate anti-governmental demonstrations in the centre of Minsk protesting against electoral fraud. President Lukashenko commented that the opposition in Belarus is financed by foreign countries and is not needed.[12]

References

  1. ^ "282 contenders registered for Belarus’ parliamentary elections". National Center of Legal Information of the Republic of Belarus. 2008-08-09. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b "276 candidates for House of Representatives registered in Belarus". National Center of Legal Information of the Republic of Belarus. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  3. ^ В белорусский парламент баллотируется 263 кандидата (in Russian).  
  4. ^ "Belarusian opposition wins no seat in parliamentary poll".  
  5. ^ "925 международных и более 17 000 национальных наблюдателей будут контролировать ход выборов в Белоруссии" (in Russian).  
  6. ^ "OSCE election observers to present findings at press conference in Minsk on Monday".  
  7. ^ За пределами Белоруссии образованы 40 участков для голосования на парламентских выборах (in Russian).  
  8. ^ ЦИК Белоруссии: Более 26% избирателей проголосовали досрочно (in Russian).  
  9. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p260 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  10. ^ "OSZE-Beobachter kritisieren Ablauf der Parlamentswahl" (in German).  
  11. ^ "CIS observers: Belarus’ elections meet international standards". National Center of Legal Information of the Republic of Belarus. 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  12. ^ "Opposition gewinnt keinen einzigen Sitz - Proteste in Weißrussland" (in German).  

External links

  • Belarus' election paradox by Natalia Leshchenko
  • First report of OSCE (Atmosphere before elections)
  • Parliamentary Election in Belarus 2008 on Google Maps
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