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Voting in Dushanbe on November 6 (OSCE)
November 7, 2006 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says Tajikistan's presidential election lacked real competition, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.
The OSCE also said there were violations, including multiple voting.
"The lack of any serious campaign and credible alternatives undermined this election to a degree that it did not provide an adequate test of Tajikistan's commitment for democratic elections," the OSCE statement said.
Earlier today, incumbent President Imomali Rakhmonov was declared the winner of the poll.
"According to preliminary data and in line with Article 34 of the constitutional law of Tajikistan on n the election of the president of the Republic of Tajikistan," said Tajik Central Election Commission Chairman Mirzoali Boltuev, "Imomali Sharifovich Rakhmonov is considered to be elected president of the Republic of Tajikistan."
Final preliminary results gave Rakhmonov nearly 80 percent of the vote; his closest competitor received a little over 6 percent.
(with material from Reuters)