The League of Youth of Tajikistan expected to nominate its candidate for president in late August

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District, city and regional organizations of the League of Youth of Tajikistan are currently electing their delegates for the upcoming congress, a source within the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda (CCER) told Asia-Plus in an interview.

 

Established on October 12, 1991, the League of Youth of Tajikistan is an independent socio-political union.It is headed by the head of the Committee for Youth and Sports’ Affairs under the Government of Tajikistan.

 

Along with the political parties officially registered in the country, the League of Youth of Tajikistan is empowered to nominate its candidate to run for president.

 

Recall, Tajikistan’s parliament has set October 11 as the date for the country’s next presidential election.The resolution on the election date was approved on August 6 during a joint session of both chamber of parliament.

 

To-date, of seven political parties officially functioning in the country, only the Agrarian Party has nominated its leader to RustamLatifzoda to run in the presidential election.

 

The previous presidential election took place in Tajikistan on November 6, 2013.

 

Amendments made to the country’s law on election of the president, in particular, provide for lowering the minimum age to run for president from 35 to 30.

 

These amendments are based on constitutional amendments adopted in May 2016.The most important changes included: amending Article 65 to remove term limits on the incumbent President EmomaliRahmon, who owns the status of the “Leader of the Nation”; lowering the minimum age to run for president and for parliament’s upper house (MajlisiMilli) from 35 to 30; and banning political parties based on religious platforms.On a practical level, incumbent President EmomaliRahmon would be allowed to run for re-election indefinitely under the changes.The reduction in minimum age to run for president allows Rahmon’s son RustamEmomali to run for president, because he would be 33 at the end of his father’s current term.

 

According to official figures, the changes were approved by 96.6% of voters. Voter turnout was claimed to be 92%.

 

The President of Tajikistan is elected for a term of seven years using the two-round system; if no candidate receives over 50% of the vote, a second round is held between 15 and 31 days later between the top two candidates.Voter turnout must exceed 50% for the result to be validated; if it falls below the threshold, fresh elections will be held.

 

Candidates are required to gather and submit signatures from 5% of registered voters in order to run in the elections.

 

EmomaliRahmon, who is in power since 1992, may seek a new term in office.It is speculated that his son RustamEmomali or a close ally could run if he does not.

 

No election in Tajikistan has been judged as free and fair since its independence from the Soviet Union.

 

SOURCE: ASIA PLUS