The 2017 Mongolian Presidential Election is scheduled to be held on Monday June 26,2017
Three parties are eligible to put forward a presidential candidate; the Mongolian People's Party (MPP), the Democratic Party (DP) and the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party.
The candidates selected are:
- Miyeegombyn Enkhbold – Mongolian People's Party – MP, former Prime Minister of Mongolia (2006–2007), current Speaker of the State Great Khural and current leader of the MPP
- Sainkhuugiin Ganbaatar – Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party – former MP. Leader of National Labour Party of Mongolia
- Khaltmaa Battulga – Democratic Party – former MP
Mongolian presidential election neck and neck
Mongolians will vote for a new president on Monday, choosing from among three fresh faces to replace Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, whose second four-year term ends next month.
There are nearly two million voters in the country, which has a population of around three million.
The race has been led by Miyegombo Enkhbold of the ruling Mongolian People's Party, who is currently chairman of the State Great Khural, the parliament. While Enkbold struggles to extend his lead, rival Khaltmaa Battulga of the Democratic Party, is closing in by tapping into young voters' patriotism.
"I will bring back Mongolia's rich resources to the 3 million people of Mongolia," Battulga, also president of the Mongolian Judo Association, said at a rally at a square here in the capital on Thursday. The candidate spoke with passion, and the crowd applauded.
Mongolia's president also serves as the supreme commander of the country's armed forces and possesses veto power over decisions made by parliament.
Enkhbold, the candidate from the ruling MPP, which won a sweeping victory in last year's general election, has served as prime minister. He calls for "unity," for fiscal reforms that he says are in step with global trends and for economic reforms that will be helped by a return of foreign investment.
Although his victory was initially seen as almost certain, he is struggling to gain further ground amid allegations of corruption when he was the mayor of the capital as well as questions regarding his campaign finances and roster of ministers.
Recent polls show Enkhbold and Battulga are neck and neck with support rates of 30% each.
Behind them is Sainkhuugiin Ganbaatar, a former head of an association of labor unions, who is seen winning about 10% to 20% of the vote.
If none of the three candidates wins a majority on Monday, there will be a runoff between the top two. It would be the first runoff since the country held its first presidential election in 1993