2004 Belarusian parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Belarus on 17 October 2004, with a second round of voting in two constituencies on 27 October, and a third round in one on 20 March 2005.[1][2] The vast majority of successful candidates, 97 of 109, were independents.[3] Voter turnout was reported to be 91.04% in the first round.[2]

2004 Belarusian parliamentary election
Belarus
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All 110 seats in the House of Representatives
56 seats needed for a majority
Turnout91.04 (Increase 29.96 pp)
Party Leader % Seats ±
CPB Tatsyana Holubeva 5.49 8 +2
BAP Mikhail Shimansky 2.38 3 -2
LDPB Sergei Gaidukevich 2.01 1 0
Independents 76.92 98 +4
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
Vadim Popov
Independent
Vladimir Konoplev
Independent

A total of 359 candidates contested the election, with oppositing parties claiming that around 40% of their candidates were not registered.[2] The OCSE delegation noted that although all candidates were given a set amount of free television and radio airtime and a free statement in the national press, over 80% of television news time was dedicated to President Alexander Lukashenko in the five weeks before the election. They also noted concerns about the independence of the Electoral Commission and a lack of transparency during the voting and counting process.[2] The government also closed down nine independent newspapers in the lead-up to the elections.[2]

ResultsEdit

Party Round Total
seats
+/–
First Second Third
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Communist Party of Belarus 334,383 5.49 8 0 0 8 +2
BPF Party 200,033 3.33 0 0 5,673 14.22 0 0 New
Belarusian Social Democratic Party (People's Assembly) 173,129 2.83 0 0 4,802 12.04 0 0 0
People's Coalition 5 Plus 160,011 2.62 0 0 0 0 0
Belarusian Agrarian Party 145,004 2.38 3 0 0 3 –2
Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus 122,605 2.01 1 0 0 1 0
Belarusian Social Democratic Assembly 59,892 0.98 1 0 0 0 0
Republican Party 28,179 0.46 0 0 0 0 0
Social Democratic Party of Popular Accord 22,441 0.37 0 0 0 0 New
Independents 4,843,959 79.46 96 34,567 100.00 1 26,059 65.33 1 98 +4
Invalid/blank votes 201,462
Total valid votes 6,297,600 108 34,567 1 1 110 0
Source: Nohlen, IPU, Центризбирком Archived 2020-02-05 at the Wayback Machine

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p252 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c d e Belarus: Elections held in 2004 Inter-Parliamentary Union
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p261