CEC: Tajik presidential elections held in accordance with international norms
The presidential elections in Tajikistan were held in a calm and stable atmosphere in accordance with the country's legislation on elections and international norms, Head of the Central Commission on Elections and Referendum of Tajikistan Shermuhammadi Shohiyen told journalists at a briefing on Nov.7, Asia-Plus reported.
According to the commission's head, some 3,640,056 Tajiks participated in the elections which amounted to 86.6 per cent of the total number of voters in the country (4,201,156 people).
About 3,023,754 Tajiks voted for Emomali Rahmon.
Secretary of the Communist Party, MP Ismoil Talbakov gathered 181,675 votes, a representative of the Agrarian Party Tolibbek Bukhoriev - 166 224 votes, candidate from the Party of Economic Reform Olimjon Boboev - 140,733 votes, Chairman of the Socialist Party Abduhalim Gafforov - 54,148 votes and Chairman of the Democratic Party Saidjafar Ismonov gathered only 36,572 of votes.
According to the CEC, the final results of the presidential elections will be announced after 10 days.
The CEC head declared the success of the elections at 2:00pm on Nov.6 when nearly 68 per cent of the total number of the electorate voted.
By 18:00 local time, some 3,380,068 Tajik citizens or over 80 per cent of the total number of voters had visited the polling booths.
Around 69 constituencies were created in the country. Over 3100 polling stations were opened in the country from 6:00am until 20:00. In addition, a total of 61 polling stations were opened in some 27 foreign states including 24 in Russia.
Over 6000 local observers monitored the presidential election held on Nov.6. They comprised representatives from political parties that nominated the presidential candidates, representatives of Tajikistan's Youth Union and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of the country. In addition, over 370 representatives of the national media were accredited by the district election commissions.
Over 500 international observers from OSCE/ODIHR, CIS, CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, SCO, individual states and international organisations arrived in the country to monitor the elections. Some 80 representatives of the foreign media were accredited by the CEC.