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Belarus

Republic of Belarus

9,625,888 8

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

84.34%

Registered Voters (as of )

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Council of the Republic Soviet Respubliki Upper House
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government
Chamber of Representatives Palata Predstaviteley Lower House
President President Head of State

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Aleksandr LUKASHENKO
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Mikhail MYASNIKOVICH
  • Assembly: Belarus has a bicameral Parliament (Natsionalnoye Sobranie) consisting of the Council of the Republic (Soviet Respubliki) with 64 seats and the Chamber of Representatives (Palata Predstaviteley) with 110 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.*
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President.
  • In the Council of the Republic (Soviet Respubliki), 56 members are elected by regional governing councils to serve 4-year terms and 8 members are appointed by the president to serve 4-year terms*. In the Chamber of Representatives (Palata Predstaviteley) 110 members are elected by absolute majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.**

* Half of all registered voters must turn out for the election to be valid.

* There are 7 multi-member constituencies with a district magnitude of 8. Each district corresponds to the country's six regions and the capital Minsk.

** In order to be considered valid, 50 percent of voters must show up to vote. If a second round is necessary in a district, this threshold is lowered to 25 percent. However, if the second round of voting is held for only one candidate, the candidate needs to obtain the support of over half of the voters taking part in the election.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Chamber of Representatives 2000-10-15 - 7,800,000 -
President 2001-09-09 6,169,087 7,800,000 79.09%
Chamber of Representatives 2004-10-17 - 7,356,343 -
President 2006-03-19 6,630,653 7,133,978 92.94%
Chamber of Representatives 2008-09-28 - 7,133,978 -
President 2010-12-19 6,444,776 7,105,660 90.7%
Chamber of Representatives 2012-09-23 5,245,459 7,030,430 74.61%
President 2015-11-20 - - -

Voter Turnout