Kimmo Kiljunen (file photo) (OSCE)
October 27, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says Finnish parliamentarian Kimmo Kiljunen will head its short-term election mission during the November 6 presidential poll in Tajikistan.
The organization had earlier said it expected its short-term election mission to be 100-strong. The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) earlier this month deployed 25 long-term observers to monitor the election campaign.
Tajikistan's Presidential Election
Imomali Rakhmonov has ruled Tajikistan since 1992 (epa file photo)
A THIRD TERM? On November 6, Tajikistan will hold its first presidential election since 1999. Incumbent President Imomali Rakhmonov is seeking a third term under controversial constitutional amendments adopted in 2003. The opposition has accused Rakhmonov's administration of using dirty tricks and legal pressure to split and weaken opposition parties. Most observers believe the November ballot will be less competitive than the 1999 election.