Bishkek, January 11, 2021 - 00:30
Voting at the early presidential elections in the Kyrgyz Republic has ended peacefully with considerable procedural issues and a number of serious violations.
The voting process was observed by 500 observers across the country. The Public Foundation Common Cause uses Statistically Based Observation (SBO), an advanced election observation methodology that enables conclusions representative of the entire country to be drawn about specific electoral processes on Election Day. In addition, 58 mobile teams observed the situation outside of 535 polling stations until 20:00.
Long voting queues were observed throughout the election day at 26.9% of polling stations, while periodic queues were observed at 44.9% of polling stations, ostensibly due to social distancing related to Covid-19.
Common Cause observers report that the preliminary turnout figure in the early presidential election was 38,9% at 20.00 pm. Compared to the 2017 official presidential election results, this is a decrease of 17,03%.These estimated turnout figures are statistically representative of the entire country and reflect a margin of error of +-0,98%. Common Cause is aware of the national turnout figures issued by the CEC. Any differences in turnout figures between the CEC and Common Cause are most likely due to procedural variations in when each PEC reports turnout data to the CEC. Common Cause’s preliminary turnout data is based on the official turnout data released by the polling station commissions.Common Cause makes the assumption that the data at the polling station level is accurate.
There were significant technical problems related to the identification of voters and the automated control system (ASU) on election day. Technical issues related to the ASU were observed at 29.1% of polling stations and 10% of issues were related to the identification equipment respectively. Due to their failures at 4% of polling stations, they were replaced by a stationary ballot box.
There were problems related to the voter lists on election day at a concerning number of polling stations. At 12.2% of polling stations, 6-10 voters were not able to find their names on the voters’ lists even though they had proper identification documents, and at 15.6% of polling stations, this number was greater than 10 voters.
A vast majority (74.7%) of polling stations followed the recommendations related to COVID-19 procedures during voting. However, 23.2% followed them only partially, while 2% percent did not follow them at all. The COVID-19 procedures were largely followed by voters at 69.7%, partially followed at 29.1%, and they were not followed by voters at 1.2% of polling stations.
The vast majority of polling stations closed on time: 2.2% of polling stations closed before 8 pm, 97.6% at 8 pm, and 0% after 8 pm.
As of 21:30, 55 serious violations have been observed (cumulative total data):
Opening PECs after 07:00 - 3:
No recount of ballots - 11:
No PEC meeting - 10:
Illegal restriction of the rights of observers (resolved) - 4:
PEC did not open for voting at all - 1:
Presence of unauthorized persons within the PEC- 2:
Violation of the secrecy of voting - 5:
Intimidation/threats/pressure/violence directed at observer - 3:
Vote buying - 4:
Automated control system failure - 4:
Intimidation/threats/pressure/violence directed at voter - 1:
No copying equipment - 1:
Voting in place of another voter - 1:
Ballot boxes not shown to be empty - 1:
Electricity blackout - 1:
Campaigning on voting day - 1:
Refusal to provide a copy of the manual counting protocol - 1:
Portable voting boxes are not properly sealed - 1:
Throughout Election Day, the 'Common Cause' submitted six appeals to CGRP and eleven appeals to TEC. Of these appeals, two disciplinary measures were taken against the PEC chairpersons. On all other facts, 45 acts and appeals have been submitted to the PEC chairpersons.
The Call center in Bishkek with 20 operators is receiving and analyzing information from observers, while 13 lawyers are engaged to analyze information about the reported violations, and file complaints.
Common Cause continues to observe the closing procedures at precinct election commissions (PEC), and tabulation procedures at 58 Territorial Election Commissions (TEC) throughout the election night until all procedures are fully completed.
On January 11, Common Cause will make a preliminary statement on Election Day and hold a press conference for media representatives at the Park Hotel at 13:00. Accreditation is compulsory.
The press conference will be broadcast live at: https://bit.ly/3io9emG
Aida Suyundueva - Chairperson of the Public Foundation "Common Cause»
Taalay Asylbekov – Adviser for the elections of the PF "Common Cause"
Arslanbek Omurzakov - The expert on long-term observation of the PF "Common Cause"
Raushan Sadyrbaeva – Project coordinator of the PF "Common Cause»