Voters in Belarus head to polls as opposition urges protests

Voters in Belarus went to polling stations on Sunday to elect a president. The incumbent head of state Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has held office for 16 years, is among the 10 candidates for the post.

Polls are open in Belarusian embassies and consulates in 34 countries.

Over a thousand international observers, including from Russia, are supervising the voting. Exit poll data will be available at 8:00 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. Moscow time), and the first preliminary results will be announced late into Sunday night.

More than one fifth of the electorate, 23%, cast their ballots during four days of early voting prior to the Election Day.

Meanwhile, the opposition has claimed the results will be falsified and urged people to come to a central square in Minsk after the polling stations close.


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