Eleven candidates qualified to run in Belarus' presidential election

Eleven candidates have collected a required number of signatures to register in Belarus' presidential election, the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) said on Saturday.

The registration, scheduled to take place in November, required every candidate to collect at least 100,000 signatures.

"Incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko, who has submitted over 1,100,000 signatures, is still in the first place," CEC secretary Nikolai Lozovik was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

According to him, Lukashenko was followed by opposition candidate Vladimir Neklyayev, who had amassed over 160,000 signatures. Former foreign minister Andrei Sannikov has collected more than 150,000 signatures, and liberal Yarosalv Romanchuk, more than 120,000 signatures.

Presidential elections in Belarus is scheduled for Dec. 19. Lukashenko promised on Monday that the presidential elections would be conducted in strict accordance with the national and international laws.

The incumbent president is going to run for the post for the fourth time.


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