Presidential candidates approved, election campaign period kicks offPolitics
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Mongolia’s quadrennial presidential election of 2021 is scheduled on June 9, Wednesday. The General Election Commission (GEC) has approved the candidates nominated by three political parties and coalitions with seats in the State Great Khural.
On May 24, today, the GEC handed over the candidacy cards to the approved presidential candidates, who are Khurelsukh Ukhnaa from the ruling Mongolian People Party, Erdene Sodnomzundui from the Democratic Party and Enkhbat Dangaasuren from The Right Person Electorate Coalition.
After receiving his candidacy card, Former Prime Minister of Mongolia and Chair of the Mongolian People’s Party U. Khurelsukh pledged that if elected, he will be working towards firstly, strengthening the social justice, and independent legislative and judicial systems and secondly, strengthening the rule of law in the government with respect to parliamentary governance, human rights and free market economy.
“Continuing the past achievements on providing benefits from natural resources to Mongolians, I will establish sovereign wealth fund, carry out development projects and enable each and every citizen of the country to reap equal benefits from natural wealth as dividends. I also vow to pay more attention on reaffirming Mongolia’s reputation on an international level and creating a country with a ‘powerful economy’ as reflected in the government’s Vision – 2050 policy guideline, and maintaining the unity of our nation.” He then added that his election platform was developed on scientific basis, the government’s four-year action plan, Vision – 2050 long term policy document and the Constitution.
Presidential candidate from the Democratic Party S. Erdene “I feel confident that I can be a president who could overcome the difficulties encountered by the nation by exerting all my efforts. I nominated myself for the presidency as it is now my responsibility to protect the democracy”. He continued that the main principle of his platform for the election will be strict compliance with ‘freedom’.
Third candidate for the forthcoming presidential election from The Right Person Electorate Coalition, D.Enkhbat delivered remarks to the public as well, confirming that he will be working to strengthen the democracy, perfect the economy and society, improve livelihoods of the Mongolia people, establish justice and fight against corruption while contributing to the growth of Mongolia and creating a new Mongolia of the XXI century based on knowledge, skills and technology. His campaign slogan is ‘We all Mongolians can’ - Mongolian herders can, Mongolian engineers can and Mongolian youths can, he explains.
With the announcement of the final list of candidates, the official election campaigning launched today to run through the end of June 7, Monday – 24 hours prior to the polling day. The candidates’ declaration of income and assets as well as action plan are placed open to the public by the National Audit Office and the Independent Authority Against Corruption from this day.
In line with the law on presidential election, the election campaigning will take place for 15 days and during this period, the candidates have the opportunity to meet with voters and political parties and their candidates running for the presidential election will undertake eight types of permitted campaign activities, including distribution of promotional materials to voters, political advertising on radios, TVs and online, outdoor billboard advertisements and operating campaign offices.