2000 Belarusian parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Belarus on 15 October 2000, with further rounds of voting on 29 October, 18 March and 1 April.[1] The vast majority of successful candidates, 94 of 110, were independents.[2] Voter turnout was reported to be 61.08%.[3]

2000 Belarusian parliamentary election
Belarus
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All 110 seats in the House of Representatives
56 seats needed for a majority
Turnout61.08 (Decrease 3.92 pp)
Party Leader % Seats ±
CPB Viktor Chikin 6 New
BAP Mikhail Shimansky 5 -28
RPTS Anatol Niatylkin 2 +1
BSSP Vladimir Alexandrovich 1 0
LDPB Sergei Gaidukevich 1 0
SDPPA Leonid Sechka 1 New
Independents 94 -1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Speaker of the House of Representatives before Speaker of the House of Representatives after
Anatoly Malofeyev
Independent
Vadim Popov
Independent

A total of 566 candidates contested the election, only around fifty of which were opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko. Opposition parties called for a boycott, criticising the government's control of the state media. In response, the Department of Justice stated that anyone calling for a boycott could receive a jail sentence of up to two years, and several activists were detained.[3] Although a Russian delegation claimed the elections were free and fair, other international observers disagreed, noting concerns about the treatment of opposition candidates, a possible inflation of voter turnout and falsified and destroyed ballot papers.[3]

ResultsEdit

Party Round Total
seats
+/–
First Second Third Fourth
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Communist Party of Belarus 2 4 0 0 6 New
Belarusian Agrarian Party 4 1 0 0 5 –28
Republican Party of Labour and Justice 0 2 0 0 2 +1
Belarusian Social Sporting Party 1 0 0 0 1 0
Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus 0 1 0 0 1 +1
Social Democratic Party of Popular Accord 1 0 0 0 1 New
Party of Belarusian Communists 0 0 0 0 0 –42
Belarusian Social Democratic Party (People's Assembly) 0 0 0 0 0 New
Republican Party 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independents 33 48 2 11 94 –1
Invalid/blank votes
Total valid votes 4,430,878 41 1,991,530 56 588,595 2 373,366 11 110 –88

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p252 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p261
  3. ^ a b c Belarus: Elections held in 2000 Inter-Parliamentary Union