Preliminary results from Mongolia’s parliamentary election on June 28 are suggesting there could be a change to the control of the legislature with the Democratic Party (DP) ahead by about 50,000 votes.
Early figures reported by the General Election Committee have put the DP at the lead with 32% of the 1.16 million votes cast, with the current Prime Minister’s Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) coming in second at 28%.
The Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) and the Mongolian National Democratic Party’s (MNDP) Justice Coalition have received 20% of the vote, with the remainder split between the several other parties in the running.
The DP, which is aligned with Mongolia’s sitting President, has announced that its new leader and presumed Prime Minister is N Altankhuyag. Despite not yet winning a majority of the 76-seat parliament, Altankhuyag has announced plans to establish a new Labor Ministry and separate the Home Affairs and Justice Ministries.
Analysts are forecasting several weeks of jockeying for control of the parliament, as votes continue to be counted, and the concept of a coalition government is discussed.
Altankhuyag has admitted the DP is interested in fashioning a partnership to establish justice, combat corruption and provide citizens with jobs and sustainable incomes. Despite accusations of election fraud in several aimags, the election has been reported by international observers as fair and valid.
President Ts Elbegdorj says the involvement of the Federation Council of Russia, ensured the election was run fairly.
“We haven’t seen such a highly organized election as this, which was provided for 100% with electronic counting machines and fingerprint detection devices,” says the council’s first deputy chairman Aleksander Torshin.
Voter turnout fell to an historical low of around 65%, down from 74% in the 208 parliamentary election and 82% in 2004, which has given rise to claims of a growing cynicism among the country’s residents whose living standards have failed to improve markedly despite the recent 17% economic growth resulting from a mineral resources boom.