A By-Election in Mongolia's Eastern Province Unconstitutional Says Court

Mongolia's Constitutional Court ruled that the parliamentary decree administering the upcoming Khentii by-election on June 30 was unconstitutional violating rights of citizens to run for elected office.

The court's decision followed a citizen's petition that the parliamentary decree made impossible for a newly-formed political party to field a candidate in the by-election due to the statutory limit of 180 days to register a new party.

The court also found that the parliamentary decree instructing the Cabinet to allocate money for conducting by-election from the government's special fund was unconstitutional. The parliament can appeal the court decision and the full panel of the Constitutional court (7-9 judges) has a final say.

Opposition political parties accused the ruling MPP of meddling into court's decision in order to delay by-election while 17,000 voters from Khentii remain without their representation in the parliament.

The Khentii race does not change the power balance in the parliament since the ruling Mongolian People's Party holds 64 seats out of 76 (75 if you don't count Khentii seat).

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