Lazavik said Alyaksandr Milinkevich, who is backed by most democratic opposition parties, had more than 198,000 signatures. He was followed by Social Democratic Party leader Alyaksandr Kazulin and Syarhey Haydukevich of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Lazavik said registration of candidates for the 19 March election will take place between 16-19 February after district electoral officials had completed verifying the presented signatures.
(Charter 97, Belta)
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