241 candidates to compete for 63 seats in Tajik parliament

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241 candidates will compete for 63 seats in Tajikistan's lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of parliament (Majlisi Milli), according to the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda (CCER).

Of them, 176 will run for parliament in 41 single mandate constituencies and 65 others will compete for 22 seats in a single nationwide district.

48 of the officially registered candidates are women, an official source at CCER told Asia Plus in an interview.

Members of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan's lower chamber of parliament) are directly elected for a five year term according to a mixed majoritarian proportional system. Of the 63 MPs, 41 are elected from single mandate districts, with the winning candidate requiring a majority of votes cast. If no candidate receives a majority, a second round is held within two weeks between the two leading candidates. More than 50 per cent of registered voters must participate for the election to be valid; otherwise, repeat elections must be held.

The other 22 MPs are elected from a single nationwide district under a proportional, closed list system with a five percent threshold.

Parliamentary elections will take place in Tajikistan on March 1, 2020.

Source: Asia Plus