Belarus Electoral Commission: President Wins With 80 Percent Vote
Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko has been overwhelmingly re-elected again, according to the official results.
According to the Election Commission, he received 80 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election. The leading opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, gained 9.9 percent.
It would be Lukashenko’s sixth term in office. He has ruled authoritarianism since 1994, and this time there was an impressive number of opponents to make it difficult for him in the presidential elections.
The opposition states that, as usual, election fraud has been committed. According to a human rights group, at least one death and dozens injured during protests against the conduct of the presidential elections on Sunday.
The Spring 96 group states that a police bus ran over a demonstrator. The demonstrator was killed. Clashes between protesters and the police allegedly injured dozens and at least 120 protesters arrested.
Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tichanovskaya claim that this 37-year-old candidate has won.
In Minsk, according to observers of the opposition, she would have won in at least twenty polling stations. Even hours after the vote ended, there were no initial official results from the election commission.
The website of the Central Election Commission was no longer available. But individual local election committees appeared before the crowd and released the results showing that President Lukashenko had suffered a significant defeat.