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Belarus: Supporters of Lukashenko’s challengers barred from election gather at CEC to file complaints01:04

Belarus: Supporters of Lukashenko’s challengers barred from election gather at CEC to file complaints

Belarus, Minsk
July 15, 2020 at 21:10 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people lined up near the building of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus in Minsk on Wednesday to file complaints about the commission’s refusal to register presidential candidates Viktor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo.

Later, the CEC announced that complaints will only be accepted by mail.

On Tuesday protests in support of the barred candidates took place in several Belarusian cities and towns, including in the capital Minsk, where several dozens of people were detained at the rally.

In June, opposition candidate Viktor Babaryko was arrested on tax evasion and money laundering allegations. His supporters say the detention is politically motivated.

The presidential election in Belarus is set to take place on August 9. The incumbent leader Alexander Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term in office and has registered as a candidate.

Belarus: Supporters of Lukashenko’s challengers barred from election gather at CEC to file complaints01:04
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Hundreds of people lined up near the building of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus in Minsk on Wednesday to file complaints about the commission’s refusal to register presidential candidates Viktor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo.

Later, the CEC announced that complaints will only be accepted by mail.

On Tuesday protests in support of the barred candidates took place in several Belarusian cities and towns, including in the capital Minsk, where several dozens of people were detained at the rally.

In June, opposition candidate Viktor Babaryko was arrested on tax evasion and money laundering allegations. His supporters say the detention is politically motivated.

The presidential election in Belarus is set to take place on August 9. The incumbent leader Alexander Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term in office and has registered as a candidate.

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