On 20 May, the Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered 15 initiative groups of citizens to nominate candidates for the office of the president of Belarus.
At least 100,000 signatures are required for the candidate to get the right to run for the presidency. They has started collecting signatures on 21 May and will finish on 19 June. Who are those presidential candidates?
- Non-systemic opposition (bloggers, activists)
An incumbent president of Belarus
This is the sixth presidential campaign for Lukashenko. Prior to joining politics, he held various positions, including the director of the Gorodets state farm in the Shklovsky district. In 1990, he was elected People’s Deputy to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus. In 1994, he won his first presidential election.
An ex-Chairman of the Board of Belgazprombank
He headed Belgazprombank from mid-2000 until 12 May 2020. Babariko has worked in Belarus’ banking system since July 1995.
An acting member of the House of Representatives and head of the Liberla Democratic Party (LDP)
Prior to joining politics in 2012, he worked in the Ministry of Internal Affairs system: he headed the police departments of the Frunzensky and Partizansky districts of Minsk. He later withdrew from the election and transfered 30,000 collected signatres to the headquarters of the incumbent president.
A farmer and blogger from the Gomel region
In 2019, he ran for parliament. Gantsevich came to his pickets on a tractor, explaining his actions by a desire to change the tractor for the deputy chair because “the decrees don’t work.” He failed to enter parliament, launched a YouTube channel and became a blogger.
A chairman of the “For Freedom” movement
One of the participants of the primaries on nominating the single opposition candidate for the presidential election campaign-2020. After refusing to nominate a single candidate, the remaining three candidates decided to register their own initiative groups to use them for meetings with voters.
Gubarevich was the member of the Belarusian Popular Front for many years. He headed the branch in Brest, was deputy chairman of the party, worked for four years as a deputy in Beloozersk. In the 2006 elections, he headed the Brest Regional Headquarters of single opposition presidential candidate Alexander Milinkevich. In 2004, 2008, 2016 and 2019, he unsuccessfully ran for the House of Representatives.
A co-chairman of the Govori Pravdu (Tell the Truth) association
He acted as the head of the headquarters of presidential candidates: in 2010 for Vladimir Neklyaev, in 2015 for Tatyana Korotkevich. In 2001, he joined the United Civic Party of Belarus (UCP), from which he was expelled in 2012 “for causing political harm to the party.” In 2015, he headed Tell the Truth – one of the few political movements registered with the Ministry of Justice.
A UCP ex-activist; in 2016, she became one of two female opposition candidates who entered parliament
Prior to that, she ran a law firm. In 2019, Kanopatskaya planned to run for deputy again, but her signatures were invalidated by the CEC. After that, she got a job in an Austrian law firm. She wanted to become a single opposition candidate in the presidential election, but was excluded from the race.
A director of a private trading enterprise
She works in a freight transit sphere, deputy director of ChTUP “Kisel V.V.”, as well as an individual entrepreneur, member of the Association Council of Freight Carriers “Region 8”
Kisel advocated the position of small freight carriers and was very active during negotiations with the Ministry of Transport, when there were problems with the “unfair” distribution of permits for travel through foreign countries this February.
A co-chairman of the organizing committee for the establishment of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party (BCD), lawyer
One of the participants of the primaries on nominating the single opposition candidate for the presidential election campaign-2020. She worked in Minsk executive committees and in a housing construction consumer cooperative. In 2016 and 2019 unsuccessfully ran for the post of deputy.
An acting chairman of the United Civil Party (UCP)
One of the participants of the primaries on nominating the single opposition candidate for the presidential election campaign-2020. An officer, a reserve lieutenant colonel, a senior detective for the investigation of particularly important crime cases, worked for 17 years at the Department of Internal Affairs of the Central district of Minsk. Joined the UCP in 2012.
A retiree and the UCP member
In 2019, he unsuccessfully ran for the post of a deputy in the Gomel Central District and called for impeachment of Alexander Lukashenko.
A musician, leader of the Znich band
He is a tattoo artist, organizer of festivals. He positions himself as a candidate from the Belarusian culture.
She is a wife of blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, who was subjected to an administrative arrest during the registration of initiative groups. Tikhanovskaya’s initiative group will be led by her husband, who was detained again during a picket in Grodno to collect signatures.
An ex-head of Belarus Hi-Tech Park (HTP)
In 1997-2002, he was the Ambassador of Belarus to the U.S., before that he worked as First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. Then he held the post of Assistant to the President of Belarus on science and technology sphere, in 2006 became the head of the HTP. In 2017, he was dismissed of the post and became an international consultant on establishment of innovative structures. He recently advised the authorities of Uzbekistan.
Chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Assembly (BSDA), ex-member of the Communist Party of Belarus
In 2016, he was registered as a candidate for deputy of the House of Representatives, but failed to enter it. In 2018, he claimed the seat of the deputy of the Miroshnichenkovsky district of Minsk, but was refused registration. He is involved in business.
Recall that presidential election in Belarus will start on 9 August. Early voting is scheduled for 4-8 August.