The other parties that qualified for seats in parliament are puppet bodies and have accordingly refrained from criticizing the government. The runner-up in terms of votes cast was the Party of Economic Reforms, with 16.61 percent. Other parties that got into parliament were the Agrarian Party, with 16.5 percent, the Socialist Party, with 5.15 percent, the Democratic Party of Tajikistan, or DPT, [with] 5.1 percent, and the Communist Party, which got only 3.1 percent of the vote, but secured a seat in a single-mandate district.
There is little enthusiasm about the upcoming elections among voters across the country.
“My vote doesn’t make a difference, we already know who will win,” a schoolteacher from Dushanbe told RFE/RL’s Tajik Service. “Why even bother to hold an election and waste money? The government should spend it on something more useful, for school renovations, for example, so we don’t have to demand the parents to pay for paint [for the walls].”
The teacher spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for being retaliated against because of his criticism, as the Tajik government doesn’t tolerate dissent.
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