DUSHANBE, November 7, 2013, Asia-Plus – Chairman of the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda (CCER), Shermuhammad Shohiyon, told reporters on November 7 that the 2013 presidential election was held in calm and stable atmosphere in full compliance with Tajikistan’s legislation and international electoral standards.

According to him, turnout at the election was 86.6 percent.  “A total number of voters in Tajikistan is 4,201,156 people and 3,640,056 of them cast votes in the presidential election on November 6,” the CCER head said.

The CCER announced that incumbent President Emomali Rahmon won a new seven-year term.  3,023,754 voters reportedly voted for him.

Rahmon ran against five candidates and the nearest challenger to Emomali Rahmon in the 2013 presidential election was Ismoil Talbakov from the Communist Party, who reportedly won 181,675 votes.

Tolibbek Bukhoriyev from the Agrarian Party reportedly won 166,224 votes, Olimjon Boboyev from the Party of Economic Reforms – more than 140,733 votes, Abduhalim Ghafforov from the Socialist Party – 54,148 votes, and Saidjaffar Ismonov from the Democratic Party – 36,573 votes.

The final results of the 2013 presidential election in Tajikistan will be announced in 10 days.     

The Social-Democrat Party (SDP) boycotted the poll, saying the election campaign had been held amid “violations of the constitution” and with “state-organized falsifications.”  The SDP accuses Tajik authorities of creating obstacles that prevented the Islamic Revival Party (IRP)’s candidate, Ms. Oynihol Bobonazarova, from successfully registering.

Meanwhile, Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service says its correspondents reported several cases of multiple voting during polling.

In the Vahdat district, several women reportedly cast multiple ballots for their family members while election workers looked on.

A woman at Vahdat''s Kirghizon polling station voted for 10 members of her family, RFE/L said.  The woman told reporters she voted on behalf of her husband, sons, and daughters-in-law, who were all too busy to personally cast their ballots.