Mistrust in the upcoming elections may arise in society if already at this stage there are prerequisites for gross violations of the electoral legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.
All participants in the electoral process must draw conclusions from the elections of deputies of the Zhogorku Kenesh that took place on October 4, 2020 and make every effort to prevent a repetition of the scenarios on October 5 and 6, 2020.
In the run-up of the elections of deputies of the Zhogorku Kenesh, scheduled for November 28, 2021, Bakytbek Samakov, an election law expert of the Common Cause Public Foundation, explains what constitutes vote-buying and what responsibility is attached to it:
On the eve of October 13, the nomination of candidates in single-mandate constituencies for the elections to the Jogorku Kenesh, scheduled for November 28, 2021, ended. Of the 381 candidates (31 women and 350 men), 373 were self-nominated and 8 were nominated by seven political parties, according to the Central Election Commission.
Using open data of the Central Election Commission, the Common Cause Public Foundation is publishing a map of candidates from single-mandate constituencies as of 18:00 on 13 October 2021.
Electoral processes in Kyrgyzstan have become more frequent in recent years, and the activities of the Central Election Commission for Elections and Referendums (CEC) of the Kyrgyz Republic started to attract more attention. The Common Cause Public Foundation analyzed IRI (International Republican Institute) data on how Kyrgyzstanis assess the effectiveness of the CEC and how the assessment has changed since 2012.
Elections of deputies to the Jogorku Kenesh are scheduled for November 28 in Kyrgyzstan. Voting will take place under the new electoral system. The expert on electoral law of the Common Cause Public Foundation Bakytbek Samakov answered seven main questions on the voting procedure.
What is a mixed system, electoral disputes and the process of their consideration, how is the election campaign going on, how many deputies will go to the Jogorku Kenesh, what is the voting process, how many ballots a voter will receive on voting day - all the details will be told by Taalaibek Asylbekov, the election adviser of the Common Cause Public Foundation and the Foundation's lawyer Tariel Aaliev.
The Common Cause Public Foundation continues to analyze and visualize open data in the field of electoral system. By combining the data on the preliminary list provided by the Ministry of Digital Development and the schemes and boundaries of electoral districts defined by the Central Election Commission for voting according to the majoritarian electoral system, the Common Cause Foundation produced an interactive map of voters for the elections of deputies to the Jogorku Kenesh, scheduled for November 28, 2021. The same data helped to analyze the dynamics of voters' growth in comparison with the April 2021 referendum.
The current convocation of Kyrgyzstan's parliament resumed its work after its vacation. However, new elections to the Jogorku Kenesh will be held on November 28, 2021, under a mixed system.
The Public Foundation Common Cause decided to remind of the bills initiated by the current convocation, which were actively discussed by society and which affect the development of democratic institutions.