MPRP nominates S.Ganbaatar for the presidential election

Head of the GEC Ch.Sodnomtseren (right) receiving candidacy documents from S.Ganbaatar (left) : Photo by B.Byamba-Ochir/MPA

Despite the MPRP announcing they had no alternate choice for the party’s nomination for the upcoming presidential election, following the denial of former president N.Enkhbayar’s application for candidacy, the party hosted a closed meeting yesterday to select a new nominee for the party before the General Election Commission’s (GEC) May 16 deadline for receiving candidate applications.

The General Election Commission (GEC) denied MPRP presidential nominee N.Enkhbayar’s application for candidate registration, stating that the application submitted on his behalf was denied for the following reasons:

  1. His application did not include a required document from the State Border Authority.
  2. According to official responses from the General Police Department and the Sukhbaatar District Court, N.Enkhbayar’s criminal record will be cleared on August 2, so he has no constitutional right to run for president due to his criminal record.
  3. Enkhbayar did not live in Mongolia from August 13, 2013, to October 9, 2014, so he is disqualified from running for office according to the Constitution, which states that a Mongolian citizen who has had permanent residence abroad for six months or more within the past five years is unable to run for president.

Deputy Prime Minister Ts.Oyunbaatar, former MP Ts.Sharavdorj, former MP S.Ganbaatar, and Director of Dorniin Zam LLC N.Enkhjargal were all considered for the MPRP’s presidential nomination, but S.Ganbaatar won the race with a majority vote, and his documents were submitted to the GEC just hours before the deadline.

S.Ganbaatar was President of the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions for several years, and served as an independent Member of Parliament representing Darkhan from 2012 to 2016. He has only recently become a member of the MPRP.

The GEC has approved candidacy registration for M.Enkhbold (MPP) and Kh.Battulga (DP), and will be announcing their decision regarding S.Ganbaatar’s application today.