South Ossetian parliamentary election, 2004

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A parliamentary election in South Ossetia, a de facto independent country considered by most countries to be a part of Georgia, was held on 23 May 2004.

Election setup[edit]

At the time of the election, South Ossetia's parliament had 34 seats. Of these, 15 were filled using the party-list proportional representation, 15 were filled using Single-member district plurality voting, and another 4 were vacant seats, designated for representatives from villages then under Georgian control, where elections were impossible to hold.[1] This election was the last time this system was used, as in the 2009 election, all 34 seats were filled using party-list proportional representation.

Election day[edit]

As of 13:00 local time, 52% of registered voters had cast their votes, crossing the electoral threshold of 50% plus one vote. The South Ossetian election commission has thus declared the elections valid.[2]


The election was won by President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity's Unity Party, which got 9 of the 15 party-list seats (54.6% of all votes), as well as another 11 constituency seats, giving the party a controlling 20-seat majority. Znaur Gassiyev of the Unity Party was elected speaker, replacing Stanislav Kochiev of the Communist Party of South Ossetia. Gassiyev was one of the leaders of the Republic of South Ossetia in its forming days in the early 1990s, and acted as Head of State in 1991.

e • d  Summary of the 23 May 2004 South Ossetian parliamentary election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Party-list Constituency
Unity Party 54.6 9 11
Communist Party of South Ossetia 27.4 4 ?
People's Party of South Ossetia 11.4 2 ?
Independents 6.4 0 ?
Against all 2.9
Vacant seats 4
Total (turnout 70%) 22,407 100% 34
Sources: [1], [2], [3]


  1. ^ "South Ossetian election results published" (in Russian). Caucasian Knot. 2004-05-29. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Elections in South Ossetia declared valid" (in Russian). Caucasian Knot. 2004-05-24. Retrieved 2009-08-29.