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Tajikistan to open 54 overseas polling stations for presidential election

September 11, 2013, 15:24 UTC+3
The Central Election Commission plans to open polling stations at embassies of CIS member-states and in 24 non-CIS countries
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DUSHANBE, September 11 (Itar-Tass) - Tajikistan will open 54 overseas polling stations for its citizens to vote at the presidential election on November 6, the head of the Central Election Commission, Abdumanon Dodoyev, told Itar-Tass on Wednesday adding that this number was three times higher than that at the 2010 parliamentary elections.

“Only in Russia alone we plan to open polling stations in 22 cities and towns, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tver, Tula, Saratov, Volgograd, Ufa, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, where large groups of labor migrants are concentrated,” he said adding that some politicians’ reports on the number of migrants working abroad were a bit exaggerated.

“According to our information, from 700,000 to 900,000 citizens work outside Tajikistan,” he said admitting that this figure was too high.

The Central Election Commission plans to open polling stations at embassies of CIS member-states and in 24 non-CIS countries. There will be 3,700 polling stations inside Tajikistan.

Although less than two months are left for the presidential race, the Tajik opposition is the only one to name its candidate. The Union of Reformist Forces that includes the Party of Islamic Renaissance and the Social Democratic Party has nominated non-party human rights activist Oinihol Bobonazarova as its candidate. Delegates to the party’s congresses will vote for this candidacy on September 17. Tajikistan’s ruling People’s Democratic Party unchangeably led by President Emomali Rakhmon will name its candidate on October 3. Just a few people doubt that the party will nominate Rakhmon, who has been running the country since 1992.

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