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Belarus to elect president from four candidates

October 11, 2015, 1:41 UTC+3 MINSK
The current president who won the elections in 1994, 2001, 2006 and 2010 expects to take the helm of the country for the fifth time
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MINSK, October 11. /TASS/. Four candidates run for president in Belarus, where elections will be held on Sunday. The polling stations will open at 08:00 and will be open until 20:00 (the time coincides with Moscow Time). According to preliminary data, the voting turnout is expected to be high. During the five days of the early voting 36,05% voters enrolled in voting lists came to the polling stations. This is a record high turnout in the early voting during the period the election campaigns are held in Belarus. The Belarusian presidential campaign is monitored by more than 900 international observers.

The presidential candidates are chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Sergey Gaidukevich, representative of the Tell the Truth civic campaign Tatiana Korotkevich, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko and Chairman of the Belarusian Patriotic Party Nikolay Ulakhovich. The current president who won the elections in 1994, 2001, 2006 and 2010 expects to take the helm of the country for the fifth time. During the previous elections, in which 10 candidates took part, Lukashenko received 79,6% of the vote.

The National Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies registered in Lithuania conducted a survey last month, according to which 72% of voters are willing to take part in the elections.

According to the poll, 45,7% of voters are ready to vote for incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko, 17,9% are ready to support Korotkevich, 11,4% - Gaidukevich and 3,6% - Ulakhovich.

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