Elections in the Republic of Tajikistan: 2020 Parliamentary Elections

A Tajik man leaves a polling booth during the 2006 presidential election. A portrait of Ismail Somoni, a founder of a Tajik state, is on the background. © AP Photo/Sergei Grits
Publication Date: 
26 Feb 2020

On March 1, the Republic of Tajikistan will hold elections to the Majlisi Namoyandagon, the lower house of the country’s bicameral Parliament. Of its 63 members, 41 will be elected from single-mandate districts and 22 will be determined by a closed-list proportional representation system.

The current Parliament has effectively lacked opposition voices since the Islamic Revival Party was banned in 2015. The government decisively controls the media environment and there is little to no independent media, with the ruling People’s Democratic Party controlling the flow of information inside the country. There are also no provisions for independent domestic election observation by citizens or domestic, nonpartisan organizations or monitoring groups. At the same time, large numbers of labor migrants residing abroad are eligible to vote.

To help you understand this electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in the Republic of Tajikistan: 2020 Parliamentary Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • Who is eligible to run as a candidate?
  • What provisions for accessibility are there for voters with disabilities?
  • Is there out-of-country voting?
  • How will the results be calculated and when will they be announced?