Self-propelled candidate for parliament from Khatlon’s Jaloliddin-Balkhi district has been excluded from the race.  It turned out that while registering him members of the electoral commission did not pay attention to his age.  He is not yet 30 years old.

The Central Commission for Elections and Referenda (CCER) has decided to annul the decision of the district election commission in single-mandate constituency No 30 (Jaloliddin-Balkhi district of Khatlon province) on registration of Akmaliddin Karimov as a self-propelled candidate for the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower house of parliament).  The decision was annulled because Karimov is not years 30 years old. 

“While checking Karimov’s documents, the CCER revealed that he was born on September 30, 1991” a statement released by the CCER says.

Therefore, the CCER has decided to annul the decision of the district election commission in single-mandate constituency No 30 to register Akmaliddin Karimov as self-propelled candidate.  

Under the country’s legislation, citizens not younger than 30 years shall be elected to the Majlisi Namoyandagon.

240 candidates will now 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.