: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Although Tajikistan’s parliamentary elections provided some political alternatives, campaign space was restricted and a fair count could not be guaranteed, international observers say

DUSHANBE, 2 March 2015 – Some contestants provided political alternatives, yet the March 1 parliamentary elections in Tajikistan took place in a restricted political space and failed to provide a level playing field for candidates, the international observers concluded in a preliminary statement released today. Although the government stated its ambition to hold democratic elections, and some improvements were made to electoral law, restrictions on the right to candidacy, on freedoms of expression and assembly, and on access to the media limited the opportunity to make a free and informed choice.

“Engagement by various political forces in this campaign was, unfortunately, …read more

Source: OSCE

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