At a joint meeting of the chambers on August 6, the Parliament of Tajikistan announced the appointment of presidential elections for October 11, Radio Ozodi (Tajik edition of Radio Liberty) reports, citing the head of the Central Election Commission’s staff.
According to the law, political parties, trade unions of regions, cities and districts can nominate candidates for the presidency of Tajikistan. The previous presidential elections were held in the country on November 6, 2013.
This will be the sixth presidential election since Tajikistan gained independence from the USSR. Since 1994, the former chairman of the Supreme Council of the republic, Emomali Rahmon, has won all presidential elections. He is considered a favorite in the future voting. During almost 28 years of his leadership of the country, the electoral law was changed several times, which allowed the president to remain in power without restrictions.
The President of Tajikistan is elected for a term of seven years. Presidential candidates must have lived in Tajikistan for at least 10 years, be fluent in the Tajik language, have a higher education and be at least 30 years old. According to international observers who monitored the previous elections in Tajikistan, none of the elections were democratic, transparent and in line with international standards.