At stake in this election:
- The office of President of Belarus
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Aleksandr LUKASHENKO
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Sergei SIDORSKY
- 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 Pretsaviteley) with 110 seats.
Description of electoral system:
- The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
- 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 Pretsaviteley) 110 members are elected by universal adult suffrage to serve 4-year terms.
Main Candidates in the Presidential race:
- Aleksandr LUKASHENKO
- Party: Independent
- Uladzimir HANCHARYK
- Bloc: Democratic "Five"
Last Presidential election:
- The last presidential election was July 10, 1994. Aleksandr LUKASHENKO received 85% of the vote, thereby defeating Vyachesla KEBICH who received 15%.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 10,366,719 (July 2000 est.)
- Registered Voters: 7,800,000 ( 1999 est.)
· Female Population: 5,269,417 (2001)
· Is Belarus a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)
· Has Belarus ratified CEDAW: Yes (4 February 1981)
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: No
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 10 (as of 2000 elections)
· Human Development Index Position: 50 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low (2014)
· Is Belarus a signatory to CRPD: Yes (28 September 2015)
· Has Belarus ratified CRPD: No
· Population with a disability:1,555,007 (est.)