Mongolia sees counting of votes delayed by new election system
Monday, 30 June 2008
Polling stations have closed in all of Mongolia and counting is underway, but the results are not expected soon.
This election is the first time a new voting system has been
implemented. The new system is a rather complicated districtional
system. In elections until now every constituency elected one member of
parliament. The new system consists of considerably less constituencies
but adds the novelty of several seats available in every one of them.
The new ballots thus require voters to circle 3 or 4 candidates
depending on the seats available.
The new system poses challenges on every level. First voters are not
yet used to circling multiple candidates and especially the number of
candidates can cause some confusion. Reports have come in of people
circling either too little or too many candidates. In the latter case
the vote becomes invalid. The second challenge comes from the counting
of the votes. The old fashioned method of piling up votes for the
different candidates doesn't work anymore since one ballot is casting
votes for several candidates. The election committee has announced that
the results might not be available today yet.
As for the actual results there are claims that the MPRP have secured a
majority of votes in the countryside where 50 of the 76 seats are up
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