Elections: critical view
Parliamentary elections’ preliminary results have been today revealed, and everyone is concerned now over the legitimacy and openness of the voting. Some are satisfied, others are very critical over the way it was conducted. International organizations and local himan rights and democarcy coalitions that observed the process, believe that it was did not meet standards and norms.
Human rights activist Aziza Abdirasulova said that the parliamentary elections were dirty and has demonstrated that we made a step away from democratic values. She emphasized the following (AKIpress):
There were mass cases of ballots’s stuffing into elections boxes by members of precinct commissions, mass bringing of voters to polling stations, psychological and physical pressure on independent observers,” she said. Our observers sent their reports every minute; we did not even manage to fix them. We did not know whom we were to appeal to. We appealed to higher authorities, to some representatives. But they were just inactive. How we, representatives of non governmental organizations, should cooperate with parliament after such elections? How deputies, who came to the parliament with so much mass violations, would work for the benefit of the society?
The Civic Committee for Electors’ Rights suggests announcing elections as invalid and illegal as many citizens have not found their names in the voters’ lists, said member of the Civic Committee for Electors’ Rights Elena Voronina during press conference.
Around 800 observers of the Civic Committee for Electors’ Rights were present at the elections. The following major violations occurred: discrepancies in voters’ lists; pressure on chairs, members of local election commissions, observers and electors; bringing university students to polling stations, wide-scaled palm-greasing especially in rural areas; mass ballots’ stuffing into ballot boxes.
Ballots were stolen at polling station no. 1144 in Bishkek and another pack of ballots were put in replacement. When we began counting, according to our estimates 384 voters have come to the polling station, but when members of local election commission have counted, there were 732 ballots.
The European Network of Election Monitoring Organization (ENEMO) said during few serious violations occurred during the voting that affected the whole process. ENEMO’s 20 short-term observers from 13 countries of the world visited more than 200 polling stations to monitor all stages of the voting process across the country and they regarded the voting process as “bad” or “very bad”. They Observers referred to voting without the required documents, breach of ballot’s secrecy, illegal agitation, busing voters to polling stations, etc.