No surprises expected in general election today
The ruling People’s Democratic Party of Tajikistan (PDPT) is expected to win the general election today, although the main opposition Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) was proving to be more popular as the election reached its climax.
The elections are to the Assembly of Representatives (Majlisi Namoyandagon), the lower chamber of parliament, and will cover its 63 seats. Of these, 22 will be elected proportionally from political party lists in a single nationwide district and 41 will be elected under a two-round majoritarian system in single-mandate districts.
The Central Commission for Elections and Referenda (CCER) has confirmed that there are 4,346,415 eligible voters voting across 3,209 polling stations and nationals living abroad will be able to vote at 35 polling stations across 27 countries. Polling stations are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.
A total of 103 candidates are standing for the nationwide contest for the 22 seats and 212 candidates are standing in the 41 single-mandate contests.
In the 2010 election the People’s Democratic Party of Tajikistan (PDPT) won 55 of the 63 seats. The Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), the Communist Party of Tajikistan (CPT), the Agrarian Party of Tajikistan (APT) and the Party of Economic Reforms of Tajikistan (PERT) each won two seats.