Belarusian presidential election, 2006

Belarusian presidential election, 2006

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NomineeAlexander LukashenkoAlexander Milinkievič
PartyIndependentUnited Democratic Forces of Belarus
Popular vote5,501,249405,486
Percentage84.4%6.2%

President before election

Alexander Lukashenko
Independent

Elected President

Alexander Lukashenko
Independent

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The Belarusian presidential election of 2006 was held on 19 March. The result was a victory for incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, who received 84.4% of the vote.[1] However, Western observers deemed the elections rigged. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) declared that the election "failed to meet OSCE commitments for democratic elections".[2] In contrast, election observers from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) described the vote as open and transparent.[citation needed]

Candidates

On 17 February 2006, the Central Election Commission approved the following list of candidates:

Former candidates

  • Zyanon Paznyak: withdrew on 26 January
  • Valeri Frolov: withdrew on 1 February in favor of Kazulin
  • Aleksandr Voitovich: withdrew on 9 January
  • Sergei Skrebets: withdrew in late January, supports Kazulin
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