Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On June 24, Saturday, presidential can¬didates appeared on Mongolian Na¬tional Broadcaster for a live debate as they closed their election cam¬paigns.
It was the first and only face off be¬tween the Mongolian People’s Party can¬didate M.Enkhbold, the Democratic Party candidate Kh.Battulga and the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party candidate S.Ganbaatar since they kicked off their election campaigns on June 6.
The two-hour TV debate began with a question on the candidates’ opinion on po¬litical parties, and proceeded with specific questions for each candidate.
When asked about what he had done for Mongolia, M.Enkhbold talked about his contribution to promoting Mongolia abroad such as the registration of national Naadam festival by UNESCO. He also mentioned about the refurbishment of the central square and increase of fund for athletes during his tenure as Prime Min¬ister. Answering the same question, Kh.Battulga touched upon his role in bring¬ing back the ownership of Tavan Tolgoi deposit, construction of Chinggis Khaan Equestrian Statue and ‘New soum’ proj¬ect to support rural development. He also mentioned how judoka N.Tuvshinbayar’s victory at Beijing Olympics unified Mon¬golians after the July 1 riot of 2008. (Kh. Battulga has long led Mongolian Judo Federation)
For his part, S.Ganbaatar brought up his activities directed at letting the Mon¬golian people understand the Oyu Tolgoi contracts. He talked about his repetitive role in increasing wages and pensions. “I initiated 11 laws and had them adopted”, he said.
The candidates also confronted selec¬tive questions concerning controversies surrounding their political career and per¬sonal lives.
As such, the candidates closed their election campaigns which ran for 18 days with the face off last Saturday. The candi¬dates destined to each 21 aimags of Mon¬golia during their election campaigns.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Early morning on June 26, Mongolians started voting for their fifth president nationwide.
The Mongolian people have three choices – Enkhbold Miyegombo from the Mongolian People’s Party, Battulga Khalt¬maa from the Democratic Party and Gan¬baatar Sainkhuu representing the Mongo¬lian People’s Revolutionary Party.
There are 1.978.298 voters on the na¬tional level who cast their votes today at 1983 polling places stationed across the country. In the capital city alone, 403 poll¬ing places collect the votes of 936.651 voters until 10 PM. The General Election Commission will collect reports of voter turnout at 12 PM, 5 PM and 10 PM from its sub-commissions, and report to the media.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Heads of state and government cast their votes and called for active participa¬tion in the presidential election to¬day, June 26.
President Ts.Elbegdorj came with the first lady at a polling place in Sukhbaatar district, and voted for his successor. He said, “Let’s hold a successful election, and have a grand Naadam celebration”.
Parliament Speaker M.Enkhbold voted at a polling place stationed at the 23rd School with his wife. He expressed hope for higher voter turnout, and wished the best of luck to over 20 thousand civil ser¬vants who are working on the election.
Prime Minister J.Erdenebat and his wife voted at a polling place in Bayanzurkh district. He said, “I am confident that the Mongolian people will make a choice that will confirm the recently observed positive indications in the economy”.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTASME/ Presi¬dential election candidate from the Democratic Party, Kh.Battulga cast his vote at the 1655th polling station in Bayanzurkh District at 8.40PM.
Mr. Kh.Battulga said “The Presiden¬tial election of Mongolia is coming to an end. Around 2 million people will cast their votes between 7AM and 10PM. Some of them are hurriedly coming from the countrysides. I call for Mongolian citizens to cast their vote in time. I’m certain that Mongolian people will win the election.”
Earlier today, the candidate from Mongolia’s People Revolutionary Party S.Ganbaatar has cast his vote at 1709th polling station. Mr. S.Ganbaatar said “Dear citizens and brothers, electing the President directly from the people is the only system that disciplines the political parties. I pledge to fulfill my contract made with the public. Our Mongolia is fortunate”.
Also, candidate M.Enkhbold, who is current Parliament Speaker, voted at a polling place stationed at the 23rd School with his wife today afternoon. Parliament Speaker M.Enkhbold said “Exercising my rights as a citizen of Mongolia, I have cast my vote. Every presidential election of Mongolia has its unique distinctions. This election has its own features as well. The election will have a significant impact in creating people-friendly economy and development and getting out of economic and social crisis.
June 27

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Gen¬eral Election Commission will announce the preliminary results of the presidential election today, June 27.
As of 8.40 AM on June 27, DP can¬didate Kh.Battulga leads the ballot with 517,330 votes (38.1%), and MPP candi¬date M.Enkhbold in the second position with 411,519 votes (30.3%), followed by MPRP candidate S.Ganbaatar with 409,777 votes (30.19%).
Candidate Kh.Battulga also won ma¬jority of votes in the overseas polling. In specific, 2,979 Mongolian nationals liv¬ing abroad voted for Kh.Battulga, 995 for M.Enkhbold and 740 for S.Ganbaatar.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The General Election Commission has fixed the date of the second ballot of presidential election on July 9.
The General Election Commission Tuesday announced the preliminary re¬sults of the presidential election. Since neither party won the ballot with majority of votes, the situation calls for a second ballot, which is the first in Mongo¬lian history.
Democratic Party candidate Kh.Battulga led the ballot with 517,478 votes (38.1 percent), whereas Mongolian People’s Party candidate M.Enkhbold fol¬lowed with 411,748 (30.3 percent) with Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party candidate S.Ganbaatar collecting 409,899 votes (30.19 percent).
As such, DP candidate Kh.Battulga and MPP candidate M.Enkhbold will stand in the run-off. Overseas voters will cast their votes on July 4.
At the press conference, Chairman of the General Election Commission Ch.Sodnomtseren confirmed that voter turnout was 68.27 percent on the national level which indicates that 1,357,788 vot¬ers partook in the election.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mon¬golia’s presidential election was competitive and well-organized, but ongoing court cases caused uncer¬tainty over candidacies, international observers say.
The June 26 June presidential elec¬tion was competitive and well-organized, featuring a short yet fierce campaign; the election administration largely enjoyed public confidence and the freedoms of complaints, as well as pending court cas¬es, led to uncertainty regarding candida¬cies. The media coverage was extensive, but largely devoid of analytical reporting, the international observers concluded in a statement.
Representatives of the International Election Observation Mission of Orga¬nization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Euro¬pean Parliament released the joint state¬ment today at a press conference.
“These were well-run elections, and are overall promising for the future of Mongolia’s democracy”, said Guglielmo Picchi, Special Coordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission. He expressed hope that the mission’s overall positive experience is confirmed by the second round which is fixed on July 9. The General Election Commission enjoyed stakeholders’ trust, met key dead¬lines and operated in a transparent man¬ner, the statement says. It also suggests that current candidacy requirements are overly restrictive and limit voters’ choice.
The election campaign was dynamic, however, the political discourse wasn’t exempt from xenophobic rhetoric, the ob¬servers stated, citing several leaked re¬cordings alleging candidates’ involvement in corruption and other illegal activities which shaped the campaign narrative.
“We regret that campaign finance reg¬ulations on transparency and accountabil¬ity didn’t address, in a timely manner, con¬cerns of corruption in political life”, said Laima Andrikiene, Chair of the European Parliament delegation, noting how can¬didates’ mutual accusations discouraged voters, especially the youth, from voting. The European Parliament observation mission was divided into three teams, deployed in Ulaanbaatar, Zuunmod and Darkhan, and visited both urban and rural areas.
The international observers visited lim¬ited number of polling stations on election day to find that voting and counting were orderly, but transparency was somewhat limited by the GEC releasing only aggre-gated results. They observed that female workers outnumbered men.
“I think that the Mongolian people had, in the first round of the presidential elec¬tion, the possibility to express their choice in a genuinely democratic election, al¬though there were a number of shortcom¬ings”, remarked Ambassador Geert-Hin¬rich Ahrens, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR limited election observation mission. The mission will stay in Mongolia until after the second round.
The OSCE/ODIHR mission comprises 12 core team experts from 12 participating stated based in Ulaanbaatar and 20 long-term observers deployed throughout the country.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On June 25, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat visited the Gobi cashmere factory, which started its operation after the major fire on June 14, and congratulated the staff for overcoming the sudden crisis in a short time.
PM J.Erdenebat said “Not only did the entire nation worried about the incident of a major national brand, many countries paid close attention to the process. Since the factory has started full operation without losing any time, the company will be able to supply foreign and domestic orders in time. Gobi JSC is considered the number one private entity in Mongolia, providing workplace for over 1700 people, purchas¬ing over 750 thousand tons of wools from over 160 thousand herders and annually paying over MNT 13 billions of taxes”. Also, PM expressed his gratitude to the brave men of the National Emergency Management Agency’s firefighters for suc¬cessfully tackling the fire and safekeeping the properties.
Gobi JSC CEO Ts.Baatarsaikhan re¬marked “The fire burned about 23 thou¬sand square meters of roof. Thanks to the good men from the National Emergency Management Agency, the factory has started full operation as usual” and in¬formed to donate MNT 16 million, which was gathered as a support to “Gobi” JSC, to the National Emergency Management Agency.
Mr. Ts.Baatarsaikhan expressed his appreciation towards the Prime Minister for providing support amid and after the fire. He noted “We are grateful towards our staff and Mongolian people. Continu¬ing our operation as soon as we could was our gift to the Mongolian people. We prom¬ise to work even harder from now on”.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On June 22, a groundbreaking ceremony of ‘Green Lake’ apartment microdis¬trict with 1008 household apartments took place in 9th khoroo of Sukh¬baatar district. It is a component part of ‘Affordable apartment’ national program by the Government.
The construction of 21-storey 8 apart¬ments and a school with capacity of 960 children on 3.8 ha of freed land started with the ceremony. Further a kindergarten with capacity of 240 children, shopping center and parking places will be built, freeing 1.57 ha of land.
Contractor companies promised that the new town would be complete next year by this time, noted PM J.Erdenebat, attending the launching ceremony. “- The Government is taking numerous mea¬sures to reduce air pollution, including support of production and use of electric heater, smokeless stoves and night zero tariff on electricity in Ger districts. How¬ever, these are not absolute solution. Air pollution would be reduced, when house¬holds of ger districts are provided with apartment. This complex microdistrict is a start of the policy realization” said PM J.Erdenebat.
During the PM’s visit to the People’s Republic of China last May, China made a decision to grant non-refundable aid of CNY2 billion to Mongolia and the Govern¬ment decided to spend the grant aid for reconstruction of Ger districts. The Gov¬ernment will work, so that there would be no barriers to complete the “Green Lake” apartment micro district within short time, highlighted PM.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ 4.1 mil¬lion doses of vaccines against ani¬mal’s foot and mouth disease will be sent from Russia by the second half of this July, following the agreements and talks made during Prime Minister J.Erdenebat’s attendance in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on 1-3 June in Saint-Peters¬burg, Russia.
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia P.Sergelen and of Agricultural Minister of Russia A.N.Tkachev signed an agreement on granting humanitarian aid from Russia to Mongolia. Also, during the Ministers’ meeting held in the framework of the forum, they agreed on the supply of agricul¬tural machines and equipment from Rus¬sia to Mongolia with soft loans.
On June 23, Director of International Cooperation Department of the Agricul¬ture Ministry of Russia O.V.Garshina handed over an official paper on the de¬cisions to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Russian Federation B.Delgermaa.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Ts.Munkh-Orgil, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia received dele-gates led by Laima Liucija Andrikiene, Vice Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan, EU-Uzbekistan and EU-Tajikstan Parlia¬mentary Cooperation Committees and for relations with Turkmenistan and Mongolia, of the European Par¬liament on June 23.
Laima Liucija Andrikiene is included in the observer team of the Presidential election of Mongolia from the Organiza¬tion for Security and Co-Operation in Eu¬rope, heading the European Parliament delegates.
At the meeting, the dignitaries talked about issues of bilateral relations and co¬operation, especially, future works and the results of an official visit of the For¬eign Minister of Mongolia to the European Union last May. In the framework of the visit, the sides exchanged views on the cooperation, such moving forward the val¬idation of a partnership and cooperation agreement established between Mongo¬lia and EU, increasing a number of Mon¬golian students, to be included in the EU educational scholarship programs, and easing visa requirements with the EU.


Khuvsgul /MONTSAME/ In the scope of the first campaign of meat and milk, standard portable facility of dried milk has put into operation in Ikh-Uul soum of Khuvsgul aimag. It aims to create op¬portunities to take full advantage of ag¬ricultural resources, manufacture value added products and constantly supply raw materials and products which meet inter¬national standards for exports. The dried milk facility has a capacity to manufacture 80 liter liquid milk in an hour.
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry and ‘Mongolian Dry Milk’ Company are co-implementing a ‘Mongo¬lian dried milk’ project, aimed at utilizing unused milk resources in rural areas of Mongolia, develop domestic production of exports for import substitution.
In the framework of the campaign of meat and milk, such factories will be in¬stalled in 60 soums of Mongolia. The dried milk factory in Ikh-uul soum of Khuvsgul aimag is becoming the first one with Japa-nese high technology from other aimags of Mongolia.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Develop¬ment Bank of Mongolia has eased the interest rates of loans totaling MNT 63.4 billion provided to 12 factories. Accord¬ingly, a total of 15.8 thousand tons of raw meat has been supplied into the market for spring consumption.
Within the framework of the “First Meat and Milk Campaign”, actions to increase meat processing in the rural areas with wintering difficulties have been organized in cooperation with meat manufacturers.
The supplied meats were sold at a rea¬sonable price. In specific, beef price was 38.2 percent cheaper than the market price with MNT 2195, while mutton price was 26.7 percent cheaper with MNT 1440 and goat meat was cheaper with MNT 245.
Meat purchases were conducted through 118 retailers in 6 district, 118 re¬tailers in Darkhan-Uul aimag and 6 retail¬ers in Erdenet City. Accordingly, the meat prices have been stabilized as “Khuchit Shonhor Market”, one of the main meat markets in Ulaanbaatar, is selling 1kg mutton at MNT 4100-4200, 1kg beef at MNT 5200-5400 and 1kg goat meat at MNT 3800. Presently, almost 80 percent of the provision, which is 12.3 tons of meat, have been sold.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Citizens Representative Meeting of the capital city recently approved a sub-program ‘Made in Ulaanbaatar’ to boost processing industry in the capital.
63.9 per cent of all companies in Mongolia operates in Ulaanbaatar. The sub-program aims to support producers through cluster, investment and proper policy, to improve competitiveness of production and services, to create jobs through promoting and increasing sales of products with label ‘Made in Ulaanbaatar’. Moreover, a policy to support eco-friendly production will be realized, do¬mestic production of products, which meet customers’ needs, will be protected and supported through budgetary procure¬ment, foreign investment and financial policy, underlined the capital officials.
A discussion was held in connection with the sub-program development with the participation of over one thousand people and proposals by the business¬men were reflected in the sub-program. As a result of the sub-program, high qual¬ity new products and services with label ‘Made in Ulaanbaatar, which replace im¬porting products are expected to be cre¬ated and positively influence to economic growth.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On June 23, Businesswomen’s incubator center” was officially opened under the Business¬women’s center with a support of the Ko¬rean International Cooperation Agency, the Asian Foundation and the Gover¬nor’s Office of the capital. The center has trained over 4000 businesswomen for a short period of time since its start of ac¬tivities.
The businesswomen appreciated the incubator center for access of frequent consultation, information and other sup¬port, bringing noticeable results to their businesses.
Special training rooms for sewing, handcraft, bakery and computer were equipped in the center to improve busi¬nesswomen’s skills, widen their business and exchange their experiences. More¬over, the center has a play room to take care of children of businesswomen during their training.
The capital authority started to imple¬ment ‘Made in Ulaanbaatar’ program to back small and medium enterprises and realize flexible policy, underlined officials.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Incentive for animal skins and hides are being dis¬tributed to herders starting June 22. Herd¬ers, who sold animal skins and hides to national processing factories, are eligible to get the incentive. 64255 herders sold 278.185 hides and 2.846.747 skins, a total of 3.1 million piec¬es to national factories and they will get incentive of MNT12.7 billion in total.
In 2013-2015, 132492 herders got in¬centive of MNT20.4 billion.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Thun¬derstorms are expected in some parts of western aimags, central region and north¬ern parts of eastern aimags on June 29, in some regions on June 30, in western re¬gion and western parts of central aimags on July 1, and in most regions on July 2. Winds will get stronger before rains, reaching 18-20 m/sec.
In the eastern half of territory, the De¬pression of Darkhad and Altai, Khangai and Khuvsgul Mountains, the nighttime temperature will be +8+13, and the day¬time, +21+26.
In the Gobi and steppes and the bank of Orkhon-Selenge, the nighttime tem¬perature will be +19+24 Celsius, and the daytime, +34+39.
In other regions, the nighttime tem¬perature will be +15+20, and the daytime, +30+35.

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