March 6, 2015, 2:59 p.m.
Tajikistan held a parliamentary election for its House of Representatives (Majlisi Namoyandogon) on 1, March 2015. For this election voters chose from a list of 8 national political parties, and 185 candidates in single member districts.  While official results are still pending, international media sources note that the opposition parties, the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT) and the Communist Party did not meet the 5 percent threshold to gain seats in parliament, suggesting a win for President Emomali RAHMON’s People’s Democratic Party of Tajikistan (PDP). Since the last elections in 2010 the PDP has held 55 out of 63 seats in the House of Representatives. President RAHMON has been in power since his government defeated Islamist rebels in a civil war from 1992-1997. In a presidential election held in 2013, he extended his rule for seven additional years. Considering this environment, in its Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions, the OSCE stated that the 2015 election “took place in a restricted political space and failed to provide a level playing field for candidates.” However, Tajikistan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has cited a high turnout for this election, at 82 percent.