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Statement by the Mission of Monitors from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on monitoring the preparations for and holding of the election of the
19.10.2017 16:15

On 10-15 October, 2017, the Mission ofMonitors fromthe Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, hereinafter referred toas the Mission, monitored the preparations forand holding ofthe election ofthe President ofthe Kyrgyz Republic atthe invitation ofthe Central Commission forElections and Holding Referendums ofthe Kyrgyz Republic.

The Mission regards the invitation ofinternational monitors asan indication ofthe striving ofthe leaders ofthe Kyrgyz Republic toguarantee that the presidential election is asopen, transparent and democratic aspossible.

1. The Mission's members

The Mission consists ofrepresentatives oflegislative, executive and electoral bodies ofSCO member-states and SCO Secretariat officials. Representatives ofIndia and Pakistan, the new SCO member-states, joined the Mission forthe first time.

SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov headed the Mission.

The Mission included the followingmembers:

fromthe Republic ofIndia: Verma Rakesh Kumar, Second Secretary withthe Republic ofIndia Embassy inthe Kyrgyz Republic;

fromthe Republic ofKazakhstan: Sultan Dyusembinov, Secretary ofthe Almaty Region's Maslikhat (Municipal Parliament); Yermek Apekov, Chief Inspector ofthe Almaty Region's Akim;

fromthe People's Republic ofChina: Jiang Wei, Deputy Section Head atthe PRC Foreign Ministry's Department ofEurope and Central Asia;

fromthe Islamic Republic ofPakistan: Zafar Ikbal Hussain, Second Secretary ofthe Election Commission;

fromthe Russian Federation: Vladimir Pozdnyakov, Deputy ofthe State Duma ofthe Federal Assembly (Parliament); Mikhail Kozlov, Member ofthe Federation Council ofthe Federal Assembly; Siyabshakh Shapiyev, Member ofthe Central Election Commission;

fromthe Republic ofTajikistan: Nurali Saidov, Secretary-Coordinator ofthe Public Council;

fromthe Republic ofUzbekistan: Abdullazhan Khamrakulov, Deputy ofthe Legislative Chamber ofthe Supreme Assembly/Oliy Majlis (Parliament) ofUzbekistan; Ulugbek Abduyaminov, Councilor withthe Republic ofUzbekistan Embassy inthe Kyrgyz Republic;

fromthe SCO Secretariat: Nurali Irzayev, Senior Expert; Lu Yi, Second Category Expert; Ulzhan Galinova, Assistant.

2. The Mission's activities

The Mission fulfilled its functions inline withthe Statute ofthe Mission ofSCO Monitors ofPresidential and/or Parliamentary Elections and Referendums. Its members honoured the principle ofpolitical neutrality and non-interference inthe domestic affairs ofthe state and instrict conformity withthe legislation ofthe Kyrgyz Republic.

The authorities created all the required conditions forthe Mission's members, so that they could prepare forand monitor the election. This shows the openness and transparency ofthe election process.

The Mission acted inline withits official work plan.

The Mission's members met and spoke withsenior officials ofthe Central Commission forElections and Holding Referendums, chairpersons, secretaries and members ofterritorial and district election commissions, voters, local and public monitors, heads and members ofmonitoring missions fromforeign states and international organisations and representatives ofmedia outlets.

The Mission's members were informed indetail aboutthe work ofthe Central Commission forElections and Holding Referendums, its efforts toprepare forand hold the election, including atKyrgyzstan's diplomatic missions abroad.

All ofthe Mission's findings and conclusions are based onthe personal observations ofits members and facts collected duringpreparations forthe election and onthe day ofthe election.

3. The legal framework ofthe election ofthe President ofthe Kyrgyz Republic

The Constitution ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, the Constitutional Law ofthe Kyrgyz Republic onElections ofthe President ofthe Kyrgyz Republic and Deputies ofthe Kyrgyz Republic's Supreme Council/Parliament (Zhogorku Kenesh) (No. 68 of2 July 2011), the Law ofthe Kyrgyz Republic onElection Commissions toHold Elections and Referendums ofthe Kyrgyz Republic (No. 62 of30 June, 2011), resolutions and decisions ofthe Central Commission forHolding Elections and Referendums and other regulatory acts form the legal framework ofelections ofthe President ofthe Kyrgyz Republic.
On 14 June 2017, the Kyrgyz Republic's Supreme Council/Parliament (Zhogorku Kenesh) passed its Resolution No. 1681-VI and set the date forthe election ofthe President ofthe Kyrgyz Republic for15 October 2017 inline withsection 1(2) ofArticle 74 ofthe Constitution ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, section 1 ofArticle 48 ofthe Constitutional Law ofthe Kyrgyz Republic onElections ofthe President ofthe Kyrgyz Republic and Deputies ofthe Kyrgyz Republic's Supreme Council/Parliament (Zhogorku Kenesh), section 1(2) ofArticle 3 and Article 134 ofthe Law ofthe Kyrgyz Republic onthe Regulations ofthe Kyrgyz Republic's Supreme Council/Parliament (Zhogorku Kenesh).

The Mission conducted an in-depth assessment ofthe Kyrgyz Republic's election laws. Kyrgyzstan has created all the required conditions forthe parties tothe election process atlegislative level. The Kyrgyz Republic holds elections onthe basis ofuniversal, equal and direct election rights and bysecret ballot. The elections are based onthe free and voluntary exercise ofelection rights bythe citizens ofthe republic.

The Mission focused onmeasures tostreamline and democratise election laws ofthe Kyrgyz Republic and notes the followingaspects:

First, citizens ofKyrgyzstan exercising active voting rights onthe day ofelections who have completed biometric registration are included invoters' lists atthe relevant polling station according toregistration or a statement regarding their voting address (Form No. 2);

Second, the State Registration Service atthe Government ofthe Kyrgyz Republic compiles a list ofvoters onthe basis ofpersonal and biometric data contained inthe Integral State Population Register;

Third, election commissions preparing forand holding elections enforce and protect the election rights ofthe Kyrgyz Republic's citizens using an official website onthe Internet portal;

Fourth, identifying voters bytheir biometric and personal data onelection day using automatic vote-recording ballot-boxes making it possible toautomatically count voting returns and toquickly send them toa server ofthe Central Election Commission;

Fifth, installing the required number ofautomatic vote-recording ballot-boxes atpolling stations, aswell asthe procedure ofusing reserve ballot-boxes bya district election commission inthe event ofmalfunctioning ballot-boxes;

Sixth, installing special equipment atvoting facilities, including voting booths, monitors and boxes, forthe purpose ofvisual control bymonitors, authorised representatives ofcandidates and political parties;

Seventh, setting upvoting facilities forpeople withdisabilities;

Eighth, organisation ofthe voting process forpeople who are incarcerated buthave not yet been sentenced bycourts;

Ninth, the creation offavourable conditions forcitizens unable tovote onelection day forvarious reasons; this implies an early voting mechanism.

Amendments were made tothe Constitutional Law ofthe Kyrgyz Republic onElections ofthe President ofthe Kyrgyz Republic and Deputies ofthe Kyrgyz Republic's Supreme Council/Parliament (Zhogorku Kenesh). For example, the institution ofpublic monitors was introduced; the procedure forestablishing election districts was determined; the involvement ofonline publications inelection campaigns was regulated accordingly; the deadline forpeople toacquaint themselves withvoters' lists was extended; candidates' election deposits increased ten-fold, and the ceiling oftheir campaign funds' expenses was abolished.

The Mission notes that amendments tonational election legislation inthe pastfew years have strengthened the legal framework forguaranteeing the free and open expression ofvoters' will.

For the purpose ofexplaining certain provisions ofthe Constitutional Law and guaranteeing the uniform application ofits norms, the Central Election Commission has approved the statutes On the Organisation ofVoting and its Procedure, onEstablishing Voting Returns During Elections ofthe President ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, On the Procedure ofCooperation betweenthe Central Commission forHolding Elections and Referendums and the State Registration Service atthe Government ofthe Kyrgyz Republic duringPreparations forand duringElections ofthe President ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, Deputies ofthe Kyrgyz Republic's Supreme Council/Parliament (Zhogorku Kenesh) and Referendums ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, On Guaranteeing Election Rights ofCertain Categories ofCitizens duringElections and Referendums ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, aswell asa Manual forCandidates forPresident ofthe Kyrgyz Republic.

4. Presidential candidates inthe Kyrgyz Republic

The 15 October 2017 presidential election inthe Kyrgyz Republic involved the following11 candidates:

1. Ernis Zarlykov, independent candidate;
2. Toktaiym Umetaliyeva, independent candidate;
3. Temir Sariyev, Akshumkar Party;
4. Ulukbek Kochkorov, independent candidate;
5. Taalatbek Masadykov, independent candidate;
6. Omurbek Babanov, independent candidate;
7. Arstanbek Abdyldayev, independent candidate;
8. Azimbek Beknazarov, independent candidate;
9. Sooronbai Jeenbekov, Social Democratic Party ofKyrgyzstan;
10. Adakhan Madumarov, Butun Kyrgyzstan Party;
11. Arslanbek Maliyev, independent candidate.

5. Election campaigns

The Central Commission forElections and Referendums ofthe Kyrgyz Republic approved a statute On the Procedure forHolding Election Campaigns duringPresidential Elections inthe Kyrgyz Republic that regulates the procedure and conditions.

The Mission notes that election campaign events were held inaccordance withKyrgyz Republic law, based onwidely available information and promotion; these events received detailed and diverse media coverage.

Equal conditions were created forfair competition betweenthe parties inthe election process. Presidential candidates ofthe Kyrgyz Republic received equal and free access toprime time coverage and equal sized print media space. They received equal opportunities tomeet withvoters. The presidential candidates distributed campaign materials duringthese events and explained their platforms.

The Mission notes that materials dealing withefforts toprepare forand hold the presidential election inthe Kyrgyz Republic were distributed inthe state language (Kyrgyz) and the official language (Russian).

The Mission notes that the highly competitive presidential elections inthe Kyrgyz Republic were held inan open and transparent atmosphere, withthe active involvement ofcivil society representatives, and that favourable conditions were created, allowing citizens tomake an independent and well thought-out choice.

The Mission did not receive any complaints or remarks aboutthe media outlets covering the campaign.

6. Preparatory work

The Mission notes that comprehensive work toguarantee the peoples' election rights was conducted duringthe implementation ofthe calendar plan ofthe main events toprepare forand hold presidential elections bythe Central Commission forElections and Referendums ofthe Kyrgyz Republic and election commissions atall levels.

In all, 2,375 polling stations were established, including 33 additional polling stations and 37 polling stations atthe Kyrgyz Republic's diplomatic missions abroad.

A total of3,025,770 voters were registered.

The Central Commission established the followingworking groups: foraccepting documents ofpresidential candidates, foraccepting and checking candidate nomination lists, forinforming voters and other election-process parties aboutefforts toprepare forand hold presidential elections, formonitoring compliance withelection campaign regulations duringelections, forreviewing statements and complaints ofvoters and other parties. Plus, other groups were established.

The presidential elections took place undera new election model using new technology (voting viabiometric data using automatic vote-recording ballot-boxes).

This technology was first tested duringthe 11 December 2016 referendum onthe draft law On Amending the Constitution ofthe Kyrgyz Republic and also duringearly elections ofdeputies tosome local keneshes (councils) ofthe Kyrgyz Republic on28 May 2017.

Under the new voting model, election results are summed upon the basis ofprotocols listing hand-counted ballots. Data provided byautomatic vote-recording ballot-boxes is used toverify the authenticity ofhand-counted ballot data. The Central Commission conducted tests using automatic vote-recording ballot-boxes that were deemed successful.

In an effort toprevent possible technical malfunctions that might have been caused byhuman error, operator training methods were streamlined, and special teaching aids onthe new technology were compiled. Coaches received international certificates and trained personnel touse automatic vote-recording ballot-boxes nationwide.

To minimise any time loss due totechnical malfunction, the Central Commission together withthe State Registration Service ofthe Kyrgyz Republic established professional technical support groups inevery region ofthe country. Each IT expert was provided witha vehicle toquickly respond torequests.

Essential organisational work todeliver automatic vote-recording ballot-boxes tothe country's remote mountain areas and tointroduce a mechanism foronline voting-return data transmission was conducted.

Every voter inthe Kyrgyz Republic was able tocheck his or her personal data inthe overall list ofvoters inadvance using the National Information Campaign "Check Yourself inthe Lists" onthe internet portal ofthe Central Commission's website.

The Central Commission's website posted regulatory documents and materials toexplain the distinguishing features ofthe national election system and pre-election news. Central and regional printed media outlets and television news broadcasts covered election issues.

Thirteen promo videos onthe elections were prepared inthe Kyrgyz and Russian languages atthe request ofthe Central Commission, and were shown onnational television and broadcast onthe radio. They were also posted onthe Central Commission's official website. A guidebook forinternational monitors overseeing the election ofthe president ofthe Kyrgyz Republic on15 October 2017 was printed inRussian and inEnglish. A presentation ofthe vote-return data transmission system and automatic vote-recording ballot-boxes was also organised.

7. Voting day

On 15 October 2017, voting day, members ofthe Mission arrived atpolling stations beforethey opened and oversaw the preparation ofballots and automatic vote-recording ballot-boxes.

Members ofthe Mission monitored elections infive outof the seven regions ofthe Kyrgyz Republic and incities withrepublican affiliation. The Mission visited 189 polling stations inthe cities ofBishkek, Osh, Kant, Kara-Balta, Cholpon-Ata, Balykchy, Uzgen, aswell asthose incommunities ofthe Chuy, Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Osh and Jalal-Abad regions.

The Mission notes that the election began ona celebratory note, that is, byplaying the national anthem ofthe Kyrgyz Republic.

The Mission's monitors visited polling stations withoutany advanced planning and withoutcoordinating their visits withexecutive and election agencies. Each Mission member independently chose a polling station. Mission members faced no obstacles while visiting polling stations.

The Mission notes the active participation ofcitizens inthe election and the impressive professionalism ofmembers ofdistrict election commissions.

Members ofdistrict election commissions created the required conditions forholding the voting process, they remained unbiased duringthe voting process, they provided exhaustive explanations onvarious issues raised byvoters, and they treated voters, aswell aslocal, public and international monitors tactfully and attentively.

Election commissions worked skillfully, inan open, transparent and independent manner.

District election commissions had all the required documentation, information and reference materials, monitor registration journals, methodological compilations, duty schedules fortheir officials, evacuation diagrams and other documents.

Polling stations had enough automatic vote-recording ballot-boxes foraccommodating all voters, aswell asreserve ballot-boxes foruse bydistrict election commissions incase ofemergency.

Braille ballots were printed forvisually impaired persons forthe first time. Senior citizens, aswell aspeople withdisabilities, were treated ina particularly tactful manner. Those who came first and those who had never voted beforereceived commemorative souvenirs.

In an effort toguarantee a transparent voting process, video cameras were installed atpolling stations and merged ina single computer network. This allowed the Central Commission forElections and Holding Referendums ofthe Kyrgyz Republic tomonitor the voting process online and tomaintain stable video communications withthe country's regions.

The voting process atpolling stations proceeded calmly and inthe presence oflocal, public and international monitors and media representatives; and the established procedure was duly complied with.

Members ofthe Mission were also present duringthe closing ofpolling stations, the vote-counting process and the signing ofelection commissions' protocols onvoting returns.

The Mission's representatives did not receive any complaints or remarks regarding the voting process.

At the same time, the Mission noted some technical violations which were not numerous and which could not have influenced the results ofthe election.

8. Main conclusions

The Mission states that the presidential election inthe Kyrgyz Republic met the requirements ofthe Kyrgyz Republic's election laws and its international obligations.

The Mission did not note any violations ofprovisions ofnational laws that would cast doubt onthe legitimacy ofthe election.

The Mission recognises the latest election asopen, free and democratic.

The Mission states that the latest presidential election was an important step onthe road offurthering democratic processes inthe Kyrgyz Republic.

The Mission congratulates the people ofKyrgyzstan onthe latest presidential election inthe Kyrgyz Republic, wishes them every success instrengthening independence, sovereignty and maintaining the country's socioeconomic development, aswell asnew achievements inall areas oflife and prosperity.

The Mission ofMonitors fromthe Shanghai Cooperation Organisation expresses profound gratitude tothe Central Commission forElections and Holding Referendums ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, the Foreign Ministry ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, the State Agency forArchitecture, Construction, Housing, Utilities and Amenities atthe Government ofthe Kyrgyz Republic, aswell asother organisations and agencies fortheir comprehensive assistance and help duringits work.

Mission ofMonitors from
the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
16 October 2017, Bishkek

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