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    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with his youngest son Nikolai casts his ballot at a polling station, during the presidential election, in Minsk, Belarus

    Lukashenko Leading in Belarus Presidential Election With 80% of Votes

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    Incumbent Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is leading in the presidential election with over 80 percent of votes, according to exit polls conducted by pollsters and non-profit organisations.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Other presidential candidates recieved under 6 percent of votes each, the polls said.

    Belarusians went to polls Sunday to elect the president for the next five years.

    There are four candidates for the presidential race, including incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarusian Patriotic Party Chairman and head of the Belarusian Cossacks organization Nikolai Ulakhovich, Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Sergei Gaidukevich and activist of the 'Say the Truth!' campaign Tatyana Korotkevich.

    The incumbent country’s leader participated in a total of five election campaigns in the history of the republic since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

    A September survey carried out by the Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies forecast that Lukashenko would get over 60 percent and Korotkevich — about 25 percent — of the vote.

    More than 900 international observers have been accredited by the election committee to monitor the counting of votes.

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