Elections in Abkhazia

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Abkhazia elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. The president is elected for a five term by the people. The People's Assembly has 35 members, elected for a five-year term in single seat constituencies. Abkhazia is a one party dominant state.[citation needed] Opposition parties are allowed, but are widely considered to have no real chance of gaining power.[citation needed] The last elections seems to show a development towards a multi-party system.[citation needed]

On 28 February 1996 Abkhazia's Parliament adopted a referendum law according to which referendums may be initiated by Parliament, by the President or by a group of citizens who have collected at least 10,000 signatures.[1] Since then, Abkhazia has held one referendum in 1999 to approve its constitution and declaration of independence.

2012 parliamentary elections[edit]

In early March the 35 seats of Parliament were contested by 150 candidates. It was monitored by some NGOs from countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States,[2] as well as by a delegation from Tuvalu.[3]

2009 Presidential elections[edit]

e • d Summary of the 26 August 2011 Abkhazian presidential election results
Presidential candidate Vice Presidential candidate votes %
Alexander Ankvab Mikhail Logua 58,657 54.90
Sergei Shamba Shamil Adzynba 22,456 21.02
Raul Khajimba Svetlana Jergenia 21,177 19.82
Against all 2,023 1.89
Invalid 2,532 2.37
Total number of votes cast 106,845 100.00
Turnout 106,845 71.92
Abstention 41,711 28.08
Total number of registered voters 148,556 100.00
Source: Abkhazian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2007 Parliamentary elections[edit]

e • d Summary of the 4 March 2007 Abkhazian People's Assembly election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Pro-president Aitaira (Revival)   28
Amtsakhara (Signal Lights)  
United Abkhazia  
Others Forum of Abkhaz People’s Unity   7
Communist Party of Abkhazia  
Russian Citizens Union  
Total (turnout  %)   35

Electoral history[edit]

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  1. ^ The Jamestown Foundation (1 March 1996). "ABKHAZIA ENACTS REFERENDUM LAW.". Monitor 2 (44). Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Georgia's Breakaway Abkhazia Holds Legislative Elections". Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tiny Tuvalu's Officials In Abkhazia For Visa-Free Deal, Monitoring". Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.