Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mongolia - Election 2008 updates: Election Results to be Disputed?

Preliminary results and a list of names are available from News.mn here (in Mongolian). The minority parties are conspicuously absent from the list of elected. Not a single seat. There is one independent on this list. Our Foreign Minister S.Oyun (Civil Will Party) is running for the last of 4 seats against a DP nominee in UB's Songinokhairkhan district. This move from the "first-past the post" system to a multi-member constituency system has confused many people. The change in the electoral system combined with the large number of minority parties may have cost DP the election, with many votes going to independents and minority parties.

The Democratic Party is expected to hold a press conference at 12pm today to issue public statements disputing the election results.