Category Archives: Presidential 2017

Blank Ballots as Protest

By Julian Dierkes There does seem to be a significant level of frustration among Mongolian voters about the choices presented to them in this election. With allegations about very serious misconduct (if tape recording of Enkhbold discussing price list for … Continue reading

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Presidential Competencies and Election Platforms

By Julian Dierkes One of the prominent topics in political discussions of the past 2-3 years has been constitutional reform. This has been brought about by the indeterminate compromise between a parliamentary and presidential democracy that the framers of the … Continue reading

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Travelling Campaigns

By Julian Dierkes This is the sixth national election campaign that I’m watching on the ground in Mongolia. I have a head full of visual memories, conversations with campaign workers, talks by candidates, and discussions with voters, that get shifted … Continue reading

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Short Analysis of A Short Platform

By Bulgan B In general, S Ganbaatar’s election platform is short (6 pages only) and written in simple language. It addresses “Mongolians” as the victims of unruly politicians and political parties and calls for action to set social justice and improve … Continue reading

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My Biggest Question about the Election

By Julian Dierkes Of course, it is interesting to speculate about the likelihood of one candidate or another winning the election. On that front, a week into the campaign, an Enkhbold victory still seems more likely, though a second round … Continue reading

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Importance of Turnout

By Julian Dierkes One of the big questions on election night (June 26) will be whether voters will turn up to vote. In recent presidential elections, the turnout had been steadily declining (2005: 74.9%, 2009 73.5%, 2013 66.5%). That was … Continue reading

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Kh Battulga’s Election Platform

Translated by Students in Humboldt University Mongolian Politics Seminar Below we’re offering a translation of Kh Battulga’s presidential campaign platform. We have already posted a translation of S Ganbaatar’s platform. But we’re still recruiting someone to translate MPP/M Enkhbold’s platform. By … Continue reading

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M Enkbold’s Election Platform

Summarized and Translated by Bayanjargalmaa B Below we’re offering a translation of M Enkhbold’s presidential campaign platform. We have already posted a translation of S Ganbaatar’s platform and of Kh Battulga’s platform. By providing an English translation, we want to make information … Continue reading

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S Ganbaatar’s Election Platform

Translation by Bulgan B Below we’re offering a translation of S Ganbaatar’s presidential campaign platform. We also hope to post translations of the other two platforms. By providing an English translation, we want to make information available to non-Mongolian readers … Continue reading

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Three-Way Race

By Julian Dierkes Now that we have three confirmed candidates, let’s think about how the campaign and vote might unfold. First, a humble attempt at a joke that emerged from a tweeted discussion about politicians’ nick names: @Iveelt77 @Daimka07 Changing … Continue reading

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Initial Campaign Impressions

By Julian Dierkes After a first full day of campaigning, here are some very quick, superficial impressions of the presidential election campaign. These are based largely on Twitter and some emailing, as I am about to get on a plane … Continue reading

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New President, New Foreign Policy?

By Julian Dierkes The Mongolian constitution assigns responsibility for international relations to the president. Ts Elbegdorj has been very active in this regard for the past eight years of his two terms as president. With the election campaign getting ready … Continue reading

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Presidential Election: Diversion Tactics – Chinese Erliiz (Hybridity)

by Mendee One of the classic belittling methods among Mongolian political candidates has been to call each other an ethnic hybridity of either Chinese or Russian and Mongolian.  This causes one to engage in fruitless defensive effort to prove his/her Mongolian … Continue reading

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Presidential Election: A Game Already Started

By Mendee  It seems the election battle already began in the Mongolian social media.  Tweets and posts about educational levels of three candidates were the first theme, but didn’t travel well.  Then, the classic technique of alleging candidate’s ethnic links, especially … Continue reading

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Regions, Nutag, & Voter Allegiances in the Presidential Election

By Julian Dierkes One of the interesting potential dynamics of the presidential campaign and election will be the regional distribution of votes among the three candidates. The Regional Strengths of Political Affiliation Conventional wisdom holds that the Mongolian People’s Party … Continue reading

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