Mongolia goes to the polls
The people of Mongolia are voting for the 76 members of the State Great Hural today. Eleven parties are contesting the election with a total of 498 candidates standing and candidates have to receive at least 28% of the vote with voter turnout at least 50% for the ballot to be valid. There are also some 2,288 candidates standing in local elections.
In the 2012 general election members of parliament were elected through48 single member constituencies and a national list system. For this election the national list system has been dropped.
In 2012 the centre-right Democratic Party (DP) won 34 seats whilst the left-wing Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) took 26 seats. The Justice Coalition, a coalition between the Mongolian National Democratic Party (MNDP) and the left-wing Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP), won 11 seats. The small centrist Civil Will–Green Party won the remaining two seats with Independents taking three seats.
The parties standing with the number of candidates is as follows:
Democratic Party – 76
Mongolian People`s Party – 76
Mongolian People`s Revolutionary Party – 71
Civil Will Green Party – 15
Mongolian Traditional United Party – 11
Unity coalition of the Independence and Unity Party – 43
Khaan Songolt coalition of the Development Program and Mongolian Liberal Party – 9
Republican Party – 36
Civil Movement Party – 27
United Patriotic Coalition The United Party of Patriots and Khamug Mongol Labor Party – 9
Ard Tumnee Hairlay /Respect the People Party – 13
Polling stations are open between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time for the 1,912,901 eligible voters.