I have been observing the Mongolian presidential elections together with my husband who is making research on Mongolian elections. This was my second election and his fifth.
On election day Sunday 24 May we visited five election stations in Ulaanbaatar and two in Zuunmod. Of the five in UB two were located in ger districts. Everywhere we have seen very serious people of all ages voting. To vote is important after centuries of Russian and Chinese repression. Somehow I envy the Mongolians. I come from one of the most wealthy countries in the world. A, still, welfare state. Here in a country that places itself around position 150 on the GDP list I see a consciousness of the citizens democratic responsibilities that I somehow miss at home.
Hubby has been interviewed on Mongolian television over and over again about differences between Mongolia and Sweden. Here are three differences I can see:
A. Election fraud occurs in both Sweden and Mongolia. But in Mongolia the authorities try to deal with it, making the procedures better. In Sweden the authorities and older parties are ignoring that election fraud is committed by the election workers, concentrating on HOW this has been exposed (with a hidden camera), not WHAT has been exposed. If you ignore it it will go away seem to be their way of thinking. (Or maybe it suits them, the smaller parties being rivals.)
B. In Mongolia you just have to stand in an election and the voters have the possibility to vote for you by the same voting bill. In Sweden the small, new parties have to pay for the bills themselves and then drive around the whole country to get them out to the voting stations, where some election workers throw them away at the end of the day.
C. And at last, but the most important, in Mongolia the people elect their head of State. In Sweden the head of State is born into his/her position only if he/she is an descendant from a count (earl) of Pontecorvo who became King of Sweden in the 19th Century.
In Sweden we need to get a grip and
• SECURE THE ELECTION PROCESS!
• CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION FROM MONARCHY TO REPUBLIC!