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The 2006 presidential election in Transnistria was held on December 10 of that year. Incumbent President Igor Smirnov won despite opposition having stiffened during the final weeks of the campaign. Three candidates registered to run besides the incumbent Smirnov: Bender MP for the Renewal party Peter Tomaily, Pridnestrovie Communist Party candidate Nadezhda Bondarenko and journalist Andrey Safonov.


Preelection period

Andrey Safonov's candidacy was at first rejected on the basis of insufficient and allegedly fraudulent signatures,[1] but on 30 November the Tiraspol law court accepted it.

Despite the court ruling, at the Electoral Commission meeting on 27 November Safonov's registration was not accepted with some members claiming that the court decision needed to be challenged at a higher instance. The Commission finally allowed the candidacy on 5 December.

Starting with 7 December, early voting was allowed for those persons for whom it was impossible to come to the polls on 10 December.[2].

Official results

e • d  Summary of the Transnistrian December 2006 presidential election results
Candidate Vice-pres. candidate Party Votes %
Igor Smirnov Aleksandr Korolyov Respublika 212,384 82.4
Nadezhda Bondarenko Anatoliy Bazhen KPP and PKP 20,902 8.1
Andrey Safonov Grigoriy Volov independent 10,162 3.9
Peter Tomaily Aleksandr Korshunov independent, MP for Obnovleniye 5,480 2.1
None of the above 4,216 1.6
Blank/Invalied 4,638 1.9
Total     257,782 100.0%
Sources: Regnum - Russian press agency


Andrey Safonov, one of the opposition candidates, suggested that election results were rigged in favour of the incumbent leader. He claimed that there was a strange difference between the exit polls results and the official results[3] and proceeded to challenge the election results in court.[4]


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