The Central Commission for Elections and Referenda (CCER) has published the results of elections through the party-list proportional representation system.

The CCER head Bakhtiyor Khudoyorzoda told reporters in Dushanbe Monday afternoon that five political parties have won seats in the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament) through a party-list proportional representation system from a single nationwide constituency, namely the People’s Democratic Party (PDPT), the Agrarian Party (APT), the Party of Economic Reforms (PERT), the Socialist Party (SPT) and the Democratic Party (DPT).

According to him, the PDPT won 50.4 percent of votes, the PERT – 16.61 percent, the APT – 16.5 percent, the PERT – 7.6 percent, the SPT – 5.15 percent, and the DPT – 5.1 percent.

“Thus, 12 members of the PDPT, 4 members of the APT, 4 members of the PERT, 1 member of the SPT a 1 member of the DPT came to the parliament from party lists,” Khudoyorzoda noted.

Meanwhile two other political parties have failed to pass a 5-percent threshold to get into the Majlisi Namoyandagon.

“The Communist Party (CPT) has won 3.1 percent of votes and the Social-Democratic Party (SDPT) – 0.32 percent,” the CCER head said.

4,245,951 of 4,929,128 registered voters cast a ballot on March 1, well over the 50 percent turnout needed to make the election valid, Khudoyorzoda added.

Tajikistan’s Parliament (Majlisi Oli) has two chambers: the Assembly of Representatives (Majlisi Namoyandagon) and the National Assembly (Majlisi Milli).  Majlisi Namoyandagon has 63 members, elected for a five-year term in, 22 by proportional representation (party list) and 41 in single-seat constituencies.

Political parties should pass a five-percent threshold in order to get into the parliament.

In all, 241 candidates, competed for seats in the Majlisi Namoyandagon; 65 candidates competed for 22 seats from party lists and 176 candidates competed for 41 seats in single-mandate constituencies.