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Proposed election changes would secure total dominance for governing party

The website of the Ministry of Justice has recently published an updated draft of legislation governing the protocol of parliamentary elections – including the parliamentary elections of 2012. It is worth remembering that both the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute have opted out of the advisory group on account of the government’s repeated disregard for recommendations from foreign organisations.

The latest adaptations introduce a mixed-member proportional system, increasing the minimum required threshold for representation from 3 percent to 5 percent and excluding political blocs from all elections.

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