OSCE criticizes coverage ahead of Tajik presidential vote

31/10/2013 15:39
RFE/RL
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DUSHANBE, October 31, 2013, Asia-Plus -- The OSCE has criticized coverage of Tajikistan's ongoing presidential election campaign, saying it is focused on one candidate: incumbent Emomali Rahmon, Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service reports.

The interim report by the OSCE's election observation mission, which covers the period from October 2-19, says that Tajikistan's state-controlled media outlets extensively covered Rahmon's trip to two regions and that posters bearing his portrait can be seen all around the country.

However, the report says the campaign materials of the election's other five candidates were not visible anywhere.

The observation mission also said on October 29 that the OSCE's recommendations issued after the previous presidential election in 2006 have yet to be fulfilled.

The election is scheduled for November 6.

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