Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary Elections 2010 Final Results

The official final results of the Kyrgyzstan parliamentary elections 2010 are available from the Central Elections Commission in Kyrgyzstan. According to their data, 1’679’538 – or 55.9% – or the eligible voters have cast their vote and the count is as follows (I’ll only list the five parties with more than 5% of the popular vote since only they make it into the parliament. The full list – in Russian – is available here):
Ata-Shurt
Votes: 266’923
Percent: 8,88
SDPK
Votes: 241’528
Percent: 8,04
Ar-Namys
Votes: 232’682
Percent: 7,74
Respublika
Votes: 217’601
Percent: 7,24
Ata-Meken
Votes: 168’218
Percent: 5,6
In terms of seats in the Jogorku Kenesh this would give – according to my calculation (the total number of seats is 120):
Ata-Shurt: 28
SDPK: 26
Ar-Namys: 25
Respublika:23
Ata-Meken:18
Since the absolute majority is 61, at least three parties are needed to form a viable government. Even the three parties with the least seats would be able to form a government and the three parties with the most seats would fall short of the two-thirds majority by one vote.
Please note, that this is my calculation of the attribution of seats, the official figures may be different.
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Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary Elections 2010 Results

Preliminary results of the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan are, according to AKIPress, which bases its analysis on data from “Shailoo”, the state election system, the situation looks as follows:

Results from 2001 (85.77%) of the 2333 polling stations indicates the following distribution of seats in the 120 seat Kyrgyz parliament (named Shogorkoo Kenesh):

  1. Ata Shurt – 29 seats;
  2. SDPK – 26 seats;
  3. Ar-Namys – 23 seats;
  4. Respublika – 23 seats;
  5. Ata Meken – 19 seats.

It seems like at least three parties are necessary to form a government and that all combinations of three or more are mathematically possible to arrive at an absolute majority.

Kyrgyzstan Elections Going Smoothly

According to AKIPress elections are going smoothly and up to 11:00 local time around 11% of voters eligible to vote hat already voted. In additions, the vote was going smoothly in all districts. As previously announced by the Kyrgyz government, there will be no official exit poll be held this year. The poll’s 2289 poll stations had opened at 8:00 local time to let the 2’836’508 voters vote.

Parliamentary Elections 2010 in Kyrgyzstan

This Sunday, October 10 2010 parliamentary elections will be held in Kyrgyzstan. According to the Kyrgyz government, no exit polls will be held this time.
The OSCE in a pre-election report considers the campaign to be fair as all 29 parties have been able to campaign freely. That doesn’t keep an US group from complaining about undue Russian influence in this election. According to the Telegraph, the group is Freedom House:

Last week, Freedom House, a non-governmental organisation which receives more than half of its funding from the US government, began saturating Kyrgyz television with three 30-second television commercials on corruption, rights, and inter-ethnic tolerance, starting on Wednesday.

You can’t beat Americans as far as arrogance and hypocrisy is concerned. Only they would call an organisation that receives a large part of its funding from the government a non-government organisation, and only they would complain about the influence of others while heavily influencing themselves by running US government-funded election commercials in a foreign country.

Freedom House, according to Wikipedia, receives about 66% – or two-thirds – of its budget from the US government, while various other sources, including the Dutch government provide the rest. Hardly an NGO.

Kazakhstan to join Swiss group at IMF and World Bank

Flag of Kazakhstan

Flag of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan to join Swiss group at the IMF and World Bank

Kazakhstan had declared and interest in joining the Swiss group at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) which consists – besides Switzerland – of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

During a conference call on Tuesday, 20.07.2010, the Swiss Federal Council has expressed his support of Kazakhstan joining the group.

The membership will formally be completed in the autumn, when the IMF and WB Executive Directors are elected. In the IMF, the Swiss group will then have voting rights of 2.05% of the total.

Sources: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, IMF

Rosa Otunbayeva officially President of the Kyrgyz Republic

Rosa Otunbaeva

President Rosa Otunbaeva - Image source: Kabar

On July 3, 2010 Rosa Iskanove Otunbayeva was officially sworn in as President of the Kyrgyz Republic during a ceremony held at the Toktogula Satylganov National Philharmonic Society. With that she is the first woman to hold the office of president in Kyrgyzstan and indeed in all of Central Asia.

If my understanding is correct, this doesn’t affect the presidential elections that will be held in October 2011 in which she’s probably – my guess – going to run.

She speaks English, German and French according to Kabar. I think she is likely to also speak Russian and, of course, Kyrgyz. She also holds a Ph.D. degree.

Source: Kabar

In the national referendum that was held recently and that led to the acceptance of the new constitution, the official results were as follows:

Total number of citizens eligible to vote – 2,716,687.

Voter turnout – 1,962,804 (72.24%)

“Yes”  votes – 1,777,339 (90.55%).

“No” votes – 158 373 (8.07%) .

Invalid votes -27,092  (1.38%)

Source: Kabar

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%.