The parties didn't promise new schools or economic development or a brighter future like in most political theatre. During election campaigns in Mongolia, parties promise people an exact amount of money. So if you voted for the ruling party you are promised a lump sum of cash, and when they win, you get your money. Where do many unemployed struggling city dwellers invest their money? Vodka. The city has a staggering level of alcoholism that if you walk the streets, you will surely encounter.