Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mongolia - Election 2008 updates: Candidates

So the stats are in. According to an interview with B.Battulga, chairman of the General Election Committee, these are the latest numbers:

Total of 356 candidates running for election, of whom 66 are women.
166 are running from Ulaanbaatar constituencies. 190 from 20 rural constituencies.
97% of all candidates have higher education.

The numbers may change as we near Sunday. Another thing I noticed is that there is a conspicuous lack of election coverage on the English news sites from Mongolia, like the UBPost. I suppose nobody wants to sit around and translate things like "Candidates paying students US$20 per piece to sabotage their opponents' campaign posters".