50% turnout in Belarus with voting half way through

With voting in the presidential election in Belarus more than halfway through, the turnout rose to about 50%. The highest turnout is in the Vitebsk region and the lowest in Minsk.

CIS observers say no violations have been registered so far. 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.

The incumbent head of state Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has held office for 16 years, is among the 10 candidates for the presidency. Two of the opposition candidates, Andrei Sannikov and Vladimir Neklyaev, have the strongest chances of challenge Lukashenko.

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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