Referendum in Kyrgyzstan Held Without Serious Problems

Some good news from Kyrgyzstan. The referendum on the new constitution has passed without serious issues. From Ria Novosti:

Bishkek, June 28 – RIA News. No serious violations during the referendum on a new constitution in Kyrgyzstan were found,  the CEC head Vladimir Churov said to journalists on Monday.

“All the international observer mission of serious violations during the elections did not notice” – said Churov.

He noted that the level of organisation of the referendum in Kyrgyzstan on the new constitution was higher than anticipated, especially in the light of developments in the country the past two months.

“The organization of the referendum has risen to the occasion”, said Churov.

However, according to him, the young members of electoral committees may have allowed some inaccuracies and errors.

In his opinion this can not significantly affect the results of the vote since the observers had voter turnout in areas different from the official numbers by only a few pecent.

“In my opinion, the majority of citizens voted in Kyrgyzstan rather intuitively, rather than trying to read the law the new constitution, as they expect it to stabilise the country”, said the head of CEC.

In his view, the issue of forming a government after the referendum is still on the surface.

“In the meeting today with (President of the Transitional Period) Rosa Otunbayeva, we talked about this subject. It is planned that in the fall or when they decide,  parliamentary elections will be held, and we agreed that the CEC will provide methodological support, including on security arrangements for elections”, he said.

In turn, a member of the Central Election Commission of Russia, Vasily Volkov, part of the mission of international observers reported that they had visited the 62 election district in most areas of Kyrgyzstan.

“In our mission we had 36 people, of which 23 were from public organizations, and we seen that even a small number would suffice, but they must be professionals who can quickly and accurately observe the elections”, Volkov said.

Good news indeed! It was the first referendum in Kyrgyzstan’s history and it was held peacefully and orderly despite efforts of some people to disrupt it. More than 90% of citizens voted for the new constitution, which establishes a parliamentary democracy and does away with many powers the president held. The voter turnout was high at 65%.