Elections in Tajikistan: 2020 Presidential Election

A voter casts his ballot during Tajikistan's March 2020 parliamentary elections. © Amir Isaev/Sputnik via AP

On Sunday, October 11, voters in Tajikistan will go to the polls to vote for the next president. If no candidate receives an absolute majority of votes, a second round will be held within one month. Tajikistan has had only one president since the 1994 election ushered in President Emomali Rahmon. Due to constitutional changes approved by a nationwide referendum in 2016, Rahmon no longer faces term limits, while other presidential office-holders are restricted to two seven-year terms.

COVID-19 has created unique challenges for Tajikistan, which was ill-prepared to manage the pandemic and suffers from a chronically under-resourced public health sector. Voters’ most pressing concern is the economic situation, as monetary remittances have declined during the pandemic and the population is focused on material subsistence for the winter ahead.

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

  • What is the current political situation?
  • Who are the candidates and what is the campaign timeline?
  • What is the media environment?
  • What are election authorities doing to safeguard the elections and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Published on October 9, 2020.

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