Mongolia to hold first presidential runoff on July 9
Ulan Bator: Mongolia will hold its first presidential vote on July 9 after none of the three candidates won an absolute majority in an election marked by a “sabotage” attempt, he told the election authorities on Tuesday.
The result of Monday’s vote was delayed for several hours, furious supporters of the losing candidate who protested against the delay as a suspect.
The tragedy marked a campaign marked by corruption scandals plaguing the three candidates who have eclipsed voter concerns about unemployment in the country responsible for Russia-China debts.
The former judoka Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party, finished first with 38 percent of the votes, according to the General Election Committee, much less than the 51 percent majority. 100 to win.
Parliament Speaker Mieygombo Enkhbold, the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) came second with just over 30% of the vote.
Enkhbold faced Sainkhuu Revolutionary Party Ganbaatar of the Mongolian people (MPRP) of only 0.1 percentage points after being involved in early voting.
Members of the MPRP held a rally in the office on Tuesday morning general election committee, said the head of the electoral body, Choizon Sodnomtseren.
Sodnomtseren defended the delay in announcing the outcome, saying that someone had broken a broadband cable in Gobi-Altai province, preventing the results of several polling stations from being counted until Tuesday morning.
He said it was an act of “deliberate sabotage.”
The delay infuriated the MPRP of Ganbaatar, which sought to break the dominance of the big parties.
“The General Election Committee has deliberately delayed polling station reports,” Erdenebileg Erdenejamiyan, a senior MPRP, told reporters before the announcement of the results.
“We believe the results will change.”
Monday, Mongols voted in the capital, extensions of steppe of the country and even in yurts used as voting centers.
“I do not like the country, I felt that I did not have anyone to vote,” said Batbayar Nyamjargal, 24, after voting at an electoral college near a playground in Ulan Bator.
“I think the decision a long time ago, and I’m still not 100 percent.” I made the right choice, the three people who had problems.
The resource-rich nation of only three million have suffered in recent years a growing debt.
The next president will inherit a 5.5-billion-dollar bailout led by the International Monetary Fund and designed to stabilize its economy and reduce dependence on China, which buys 80 percent of Mongolia’s exports.
But voters have heard little about the three candidates on unemployment and employment, their main concerns according to opinion polls. Campaigns instead have focused on the supposedly obsolete beyond their opponents.
A video showed Enkhbold and two MPP officials, who discuss a Tugrik $ 60 billion ($ 25 million) plan for the sale of government positions.
Battulga, a ruthless businessman, was haunted by reports from overseas accounts attached to his name, as well as the arrest of several of his associates by the anti-corruption agency Mongolia last spring.
And Ganbaatar appeared in a video in which he would have received a $ 44,000 donation and a member of the “Moon sect” or Unification Church, a South Korean-based Christian group that critics see as a sect.