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ULAN BATOR, June 26 (Itar-Tass) - A presidential election is held in the Republic of Mongolia on Wednesday. Polling throughout the country begins at 07:00 local time and ends at 22:00. Out of more than 2.8 million citizens of the country, 1,856,190 registered voters will be able to participate in the polling.
Wednesday has been declated a day-off in the republic. Markts and shopping centers will be closed and the sale of spirits prohibited.
Mongolia is a country with a parliamentary form of government. President, elected by universal suffrage and secret ballot for a term of four years, personifies the unity of the nation. He is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, heads the National Security Council and is empowered to veto bills adopted by parliament and nominate candidacies for the positions of Prime Minister and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
This time the Mongolians are to cast their votes for one of the following three candidates: incumbent Head of State Tsahiagiyn Elbegdorzh, the leader of the presidetial race who represents the Democractic Party; B. Bat-Erden, representative of the Mongolian People's Party and a member of the Great State Khural (parliament), and Natsagiyn Udval, Minister of Health, the first-ever woman candidate for presidency in the country's history. She represents the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party.
According to expectations by many an observer, the current president Tsahiagiyn Elbegdorzh will gain a majority of votes during the polling.