Sept. 28, 2008 Held


Republic of Belarus

Election for Palata Predstaviteley (Belarusian Chamber of Representatives)


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:5,384,647
Valid Votes:5,270,618
Invalid Votes:114,029

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Independents (Independents) 103

Belarusian Communist Party 6

Agrarian Party 1

Election Results Modified: Mar 18, 2016

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • 110 seats in the House of Representatives (Palata Predstaviteley)

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 House of Representatives (Palata Predstaviteley) 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 House of Representatives (Palata Predstaviteley) 110 members are elected by majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Belarusian Communist Party / Kamunisty
  • Agrarian Party
  • Independents

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 9,528,000 (2008 est.)
  • Registered voters: 7,016,711 (2008)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 5,092,214 (2008)

·         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: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 35 (following 2008 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 50 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Belarus a signatory to CRPD: Yes (28 September 2015)

·         Has Belarus ratified CRPD: No

·         Population with a disability: 1,429,200 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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