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Belarus This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Belarus Constitution President Alexander Lukashenko Government Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich National Assembly Council of the Republic House of Representatives All Belarusian People's Assembly Judiciary Constitutional Court Supreme Court Economic Court Elections Presidential: 2006, 2010 Parliamentary: 2004, 2008 Foreign relations Administrative divisions Political parties Other countries · Atlas Politics portal view · talk · edit The Belarusian parliamentary election, 2008 was held in Belarus on 28 September 2008.[1] The 110 seats in the House of Representatives were at stake.[2] Lidia Yermoshina, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, announced on 29 August that 276 candidates were registered for the election; 365 people initially sought to run, but five withdrew and candidate registration for 84 others was rejected.[2] Just prior to the election, the number of the registered candidates was reduced to 263;[3] 82 of the candidates were members of political parties, the others were non-partisans loyal to the government. They included chief executives of local authorities and medical institutions, and top managers of large enterprises.[4] The election was attempted to be monitored by 925 international and more than 17,000 local observers,[5] including an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission consisting of some 450 members from 43 countries.[6] Belarusian citizens abroad were able to cast their votes at 40 polling stations located in 31 countries.[7] Advance voting occurred on September 23 through September 26 and was characterized by active participation: more than 26% of registered voters cast their ballots.[8] According to the preliminary results, the total turnout was 75.3%.[9] According to the OSCE, the elections were undemocratic and the work of international observers was seriously hindered as the observers were refused access to the facilities where the votes were counted.[10] But according to a CIS election observation mission, the elections in Belarus conformed to international standards.[11] Results Summary of the 28 September 2008 Belarusian House of Representatives election results Parties Seats Communist Party of Belarus (Kamunistyčnaja partyja Biełarusi) 6 Agrarian Party of Belarus (Ahrarnaja partyja Bełarusi) 1 Non-partisans (worker's collectives, public associations and civil society organizations) 103 Total 110 Source: rec.gov.by According to the official results the oppositional parties failed to gain any of the 110 available seats, all of which were given to parties and non-partisan candidates loyal to president Alexander Lukashenko. The Central Election Commission declared this to be due to the overwhelming popular fear of mass demonstrations and of the "radical political changes" demanded by the opposition. This declaration was met with immediate anti-governmental demonstrations in the centre of Minsk protesting against electoral fraud. President Lukashenko commented that the opposition in Belarus is financed by foreign countries and is not needed.[12] References ^ "282 contenders registered for Belarus’ parliamentary elections". National Center of Legal Information of the Republic of Belarus. 2008-08-09. http://law.by/work/EnglPortal.nsf/0/7D8EBB293D28CA2CC22574BE004E3248?OpenDocument. Retrieved 2008-10-12.  ^ a b "276 candidates for House of Representatives registered in Belarus". National Center of Legal Information of the Republic of Belarus. 2008-08-29. http://law.by/work/EnglPortal.nsf/0/F944D00B0205AA4EC22574B400429894?OpenDocument. Retrieved 2008-10-12.  ^ "В белорусский парламент баллотируется 263 кандидата" (in Russian). REGNUM News Agency. 2008-09-26. http://www.regnum.ru/news/1060871.html. Retrieved 2008-09-28.  ^ "Belarusian opposition wins no seat in parliamentary poll". People's Daily. 2008-09-30. http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/6508695.html. Retrieved 2008-10-12.  ^ "925 международных и более 17 000 национальных наблюдателей будут контролировать ход выборов в Белоруссии" (in Russian). REGNUM News Agency. 2008-09-27. http://www.regnum.ru/news/1061121.html. Retrieved 2008-09-28.  ^ "OSCE election observers to present findings at press conference in Minsk on Monday". Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. 2008-09-26. http://www.osce.org/item/33229.html. Retrieved 2008-09-28.  ^ "За пределами Белоруссии образованы 40 участков для голосования на парламентских выборах" (in Russian). REGNUM News Agency. 2008-09-26. http://www.regnum.ru/news/1060984.html. Retrieved 2008-09-28.  ^ "ЦИК Белоруссии: Более 26% избирателей проголосовали досрочно" (in Russian). REGNUM News Agency. 2008-09-28. http://www.regnum.ru/news/1061207.html. Retrieved 2008-09-28.  ^ "ЦИК Белоруссии подтверждает высокую явку на парламентских выборах в Белоруссии - 75,3%" (in Russian). REGNUM News Agency. 2008-09-28. http://www.regnum.ru/news/1061270.html. Retrieved 2008-09-28.  ^ "OSZE-Beobachter kritisieren Ablauf der Parlamentswahl" (in German). Der Spiegel. 2008-09-29. http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,581151,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-30.  ^ "CIS observers: Belarus’ elections meet international standards". National Center of Legal Information of the Republic of Belarus. 2008-09-29. http://law.by/work/EnglPortal.nsf/0/89452FE328F40067C22574D3003DECEE?OpenDocument. Retrieved 2008-10-12.  ^ "Opposition gewinnt keinen einzigen Sitz - Proteste in Weißrussland" (in German). Der Spiegel. 2008-09-29. http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,581019,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-30.  External links Belarus' election paradox by Natalia Leshchenko First report of OSCE (Atmosphere before elections) Parliamentary Election in Belarus 2008 on Google Maps v · d · e Elections and referendums in Belarus Presidential elections 1994 · 2001 · 2006 · 2010 Parliamentary elections 1937 · 1939 (West Belarus) · 1946 · 1950 · 1954 · 1958 · 1962 · 1966 · 1970 · 1974 · 1979 · 1984 · 1990 · 1995 · 2000 · 2004 · 2008 · 2012 Referendums 1995 · 1996 · 2004