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The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus received documents for the registration of the incumbent head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, as a presidential candidate. This was reported by the Tut.by portal with reference to the CEC.
“They filed it literally about ten minutes ago,” the reception of the Central Election Commission reported. According to the CEC, a package of documents was brought to the commission by head of staff Mikhail Orda. Lukashenko submitted the documents for participation in the presidential election by the last of the candidates.
CEC of Belarus rejects signatures of one of Lukashenko’s main rivals
On June 30, the CEC of Belarus announced the final results of the verification of signatures submitted by participants in the presidential campaign. To get on the ballot, they had to collect at least 100 thousand signatures of citizens. According to the Central Election Commission, in addition to Lukashenko, five candidates were able to do this.
Lukashenko recognized 1,939,572 signatures as valid. Behind him is the ex-head of Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko (165,744 signatures). At the same time, Babariko is now in jail after he was detained on June 18 on suspicion of trying to influence witnesses and hide evidence of previously committed crimes.