Voter turnout rate is low nationwide

Journalist A.Odontuya

2017-07-07 20:09 GMT+8

Today the second round of Presidential Election 2017 is taking place nationwide through 1983 polling stations from 7 a.m to 10 p.m.

This year, voting age population in Mongolia is counted 1 million 978 thousand 298 hundred nationwide. The voter turnout was 67.6 percent at the first polling day which was held on Jun 26th. 

General Election Committee (GEC) made a statement on the voter turnout rate as of 5 p.m. 

The voter turnout in all 21 aimags stands at 38.1 percent while Ulaanbaatar city voter turnout was measured at 38.85 percent. The total voter turnout rate of nationwide is 38.44 percent as of 5 p.m. 

Compared to the first polling day, the country is seeing low voter turnout rate. GEC will report the voter participation rate at 11 p.m. 

Even the participation rate was enough, none of the candidates win absolute majority votes on the first polling day. Thus, according to the Law on Election, the two most voted candidates; namely Kh.Battulga, opposite Democratic Party nominee and M.Enkhbold, the ruling Mongolian People`s Party nominee are running for the second round of voting. S.Ganbaatar, a nominee of Mongolian People`s Revolutionary Party disqualified from the presidential race. 

The result of the first polling days was as follows;

  • Kh.Battulga, a nominee of Democratic Party won 38.61 percent (517,478 votes), 
  • M.Enkhbold, a nominee of Mongolian People`s Party won 30.72 percent (411,748 votes), 
  • S.Ganbaatar, a nominee of Mongolian People`s Revolutionary Party won 30.66 percent (410,899) of total votes respectively. 

If the participation rate will not reach 50 percent, re-polling will be conducted at polling stations that have lower participation rate. The re-polling must take place on weekend within seven days from the since the second round of voting. Eligible voters who have not attended the first polling day must cast their votes on the re-polling day. 

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