Transnistrian presidential election, 2011

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A presidential election was held in Transnistria on 11 December 2011.[1][2] A run-off was held on 25 December 2011.[3]


Incumbent president Igor Smirnov, running for re-election, had been in power since Transnistria declared independence in 1990, and was not term-limited.

Candidate registration was open from 11 September to 11 November.[2] On 14 September, opposition MP and former speaker of the Supreme Council Yevgeny Shevchuk was the first to nominate himself at the CEC. Shevchuk is affiliated with Renewal, who are already supporting Kaminski, signalling a possible split. Shevchuk had been followed by Pridnestrovie Communist Party chairman and MP Oleg Khorzhan, as well as newspaper editor Andrey Safonov, who was also a candidate in the 2006 election.[4]

On 28 September, Breakthrough founder and MP Dmitry Soin also nominated himself as a candidate.

Soin, Smirnov, Khorzhan, Safonov, Shevchuk and Kaminsky were registered as candidates,[5] Safonov was initially refused registration by CEC with reference to more than 15% of invalid signatures among those gathered in his support,[6] but later registered according to a ruling by Tiraspol city court.[7]


First round

An exit poll taken showed Smirnov in the lead with 47.38%, with opposition vote split between Shevchuk (23.21%) and Kaminski (22.6%).[8] Transnistrian law requires a majority to be elected, meaning a second round would be necessary.

After the election, the incumbent Smirnov called for the results to be scrapped due to irregularities. Announcement of results was postponed from 12 December to 14 December.[9]

Preliminary results (with 95% of the vote counted) showed that Smirnov was only in third place with 25.5%, with Shevchuk at 39% and Kaminski at 27.7% reaching the run-off round. Kaminski is reportedly Russia's preferred candidate.[10]


A run-off was held on December 25 and according to a source in the Central Election Commission of Transnistria quoted by RIA Novosti Shevchuk won it after garnering 74% of the votes.[11] His rival Anatoliy Kaminskiy received only 20% and acknowledged his defeat. The turnout was 51.7%.[12]


 Summary of the 11 December and 25 December 2011 Transnistrian presidential election results
Candidate Party 1st round 2nd round
Votes % Votes %
Yevgeny Shevchuk Independent 95,765 38.55 165,502 73.88
Anatoliy Kaminski Renewal 65,330 26.30 44,071 19.67
Igor Smirnov Independent 61,248 24.66
Oleg Khorzhan Pridnestrovie Communist Party 12,646 5.09
Dmitry Soin Breakthrough 1441 0.58
Andrey Safonov Independent 1303 0.52
Against all 4667 1.88 9977 4.45
Invalid 5986 2.41 4460 1.99
Total number of votes cast 248,386 100.00 224,010 100.00
Turnout 248,386 58.88 224,010 52.47
Abstention 202,948 47.53
Total number of registered voters 100.00 426,958 100.00
Source: Olvia Press 2 Transnistrian CEC


  1. Ведущая партия Приднестровья определит своего кандидата в президенты (in Russian). Tiraspol: RIA Novosti. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Schedule for the elections" (in Russian). Transnistrian Central Electoral Commission. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  4. "Nominated candidates" (in Russian). Transnistrian Central Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  5. Список зарегистрированных кандидатов(Russian)
  6. ЦИК ПМР зарегистрировала Соина Д. Ю. кандидатом в Президенты ПМР(Russian)
  7. Сегодня, 26 ноября 2011 года ЦИК осуществила регистрацию Сафонова Андрея Михайловича как кандидата в Президенты Приднестровской Молдавской Республики(Russian)
  8. "Igor Smirnov won presidential elections in Transnistria, according to exit poll data". FOCUS News Agency / Interfax. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  12. Евгений Шевчук побеждает на выборах президента ПМР, 26.12.2012 (Russian)
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