Turnout of Tajik parliamentary elections reaches 85.2 percent

09:54, March 01, 2010      

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The voter turnout of Tajik parliamentary elections that ended on Sunday evening reached 85.2 percent, said the country's top election body.

A total of 3,102,073 people have cast their ballots at 3,067 polling stations for the election that officially ended at 8:00 p. m. local time (1500 GMT) on Sunday, spokesman for the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) Abdurakhmon Abdumannonov told reporters.

The election in the ex-Soviet republic has been declared valid, whose preliminary results will be announced on Monday. The final results will be announced within 10 days.

Tajik voters went to the polls on Sunday morning to choose 63 new members of the lower house of parliament out of 217 candidates.

According to Tajik media, the ruling People's Democratic Party led by incumbent President Emomali Rakhmon is expected to strengthen its power in the ex-Soviet republic's legislature.

Among the eight officially registered political parties in the country, the People's Democratic Party, the Islamic Rebirth Party and the Communist Party of Tajikistan are likely to be major components of the newly-elected lower house of the parliament.

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