The run-off voting for the 2017 presidential election has taken place throughout Mongolia on July 7.
At 1:00 a.m. on July 8, the General Election Commission (GEC) made an announcement about voter turnout of the run-off election. Head of GEC Ch.Sodnomtseren noted that 1,119,723 (60.4 percent) of 1,982,733 registered took part in the election, with 1,983 poll stations collecting votes across Mongolia.
According to the preliminary ballot count at 2:40 a.m. on Saturday, Democratic Party (DP) candidate Kh.Battulga had won 609,950 votes (50.6 percent), M.Enkhbold received 496,185 votes (41.2 percent) of all votes, and 99,350 voters (8.2 percent) had cast blank ballots.
Voter turnout of the June 26 election was 68.27 percent, Kh.Battulga received 577,478 votes (38.11 percent), M.Enkhbold got 411,740 (30.32 percent), and third party candidate S.Ganbaatar received 409,899 votes (30.19 percent), an unprecedented result in Mongolian presidential election history as there was no clear winner.
DP announced at 1:30 a.m. that their candidate Kh.Battulga has defeated M.Enkhbold, as he is ahead by more than 100,000 votes, and thanked all voters who supported them. The Head of GEC stated that the preliminary results of the runoff will become available today, after the ballots of overseas voters are counted.
The result of the run-off for overseas voting has been not counted as ballots from some countries have not yet arrived in Mongolia. The ballots collected overseas are being transported by plane, which is set to land at around 10:00 a.m. today. Compared to the June 26 election, overseas voter turnout had decreased by 2,015 voters.
During the run-off election, voting machines in a number of poll stations of Tuv Province stopped working because the bar codes on some ballots had printing errors and a task force from the General Intelligence Agency, Information Technology Center, and Communications and Information Technology Authority was put in charge of addressing the issue.
The task force reprogrammed the machines to read the ballots with printing errors to resolve the issue, reported GEC. On Friday, GEC issued a resolution to conduct a hand counting of all the ballots from all poll stations in Tuv Province to verify the ballots counted through voting machines.