Polls have closed in Tajikistan’s presidential election amid reports of irregularities at some polling stations. The Central Election Commission, (CEC) said voter turnout in the election on November 6 was well above 80 percent. The CEC had earlier declared the election valid after the turnout figures passed the 50 percent threshold required to make the polls legitimate. Long-serving incumbent Emomali Rahmon is expected to win by a large margin. He ran against five relatively unknown candidates, who largely refrained from criticizing government policies during the state-sponsored presidential election campaign. The opposition Social Democrat Party boycotted the poll, saying the election campaign had been held amid “violations of the constitution” and with “state-organized falsifications.”
The party accuses Tajik authorities of creating obstacles that prevented the opposition’s single candidate, Oinihol Bobonazarova, from successfully registering.
Rahmon cast his ballot amid tight security at a Dushanbe polling station. RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reported that journalists were barred from the polling station when Rahmon and his family members arrived.
The other five candidates also voted in their respective polling stations.