BISHKEK, 2021, November 28. The Public Foundation "Common Cause" deployed 600 short-term observers to observe the elections of deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh. They monitor the opening, voting, and closing and vote-count procedures at 300 randomly selected polling stations, the course of voting throughout the country.
The Foundation uses statistically based observation, an advanced election monitoring methodology that allows conclusions to be drawn that are representative of the entire country about specific electoral processes on election day.
Another 46 mobile teams have been deployed to monitor the situation around the polling stations. A call center in Bishkek helps collect information from the observers, while a team of lawyers analyzes information on violations identified and works on filing complaints. The work is coordinated by eight regional coordinators and 20 head office employees.
All observers of the Common Cause PF were admitted to the polling station for observation, with the exception of polling stations that did not open.
The opening procedure in most cases was carried out in accordance with the law.
Most PECs began preparatory sessions before the opening of polling stations: before 07:00 - 21.7%, before 07:30 - 46.7%, after 07:30 - 31.7%.
78% of precinct election commissions fully followed the COVID-19 recommendations during the opening procedures, 20% of polling stations partially followed the procedures, and 2% of PECs did not comply with the recommendations at all.
In 97.3% of polling stations, the drawing of lots was carried out in accordance with the law.
The recount of ballots for a single-member and single-district was carried out at 96% of polling stations. Empty ballot boxes were shown to observers in 100% of the selected polling stations.
Polling stations were mostly accessible to voters with disabilities: 80%, while 20% were completely inaccessible.
Most of the polling stations were open at 08:00 - 74%, before 08:00 - 25%. 0.7% of the stations opened after 08:30, only one station did not open, which amounted to 0.3%.
The received ballots were demonstrated by the PEC Chairperson to those present for visual inspection - 99.3%.
The rights of a public observer during the observation of the opening procedures were infringed on 1% of the polling stations.
36.3% of PEC chairpersons are women, 63.7% are men.
As of 12:30, observers reported 25 violations during the PEC opening procedure, including 10 of them indicating that there was no recount of ballots, 6 facts - there was no PEC meeting, including the drawing of lots, 2 facts of violation of the secrecy of voting, 1 fact of illegal infringement of the rights of public observers and pressure against them. 4 facts of campaigning on the day of voting, 1 fact that the Smart Ballot Box was out of order and 1 fact when the SBB was not sealed.
By the regions, the situation is as follows:
10 facts when there was no recount of ballots:
Issyk-Kul region - 2:
Osh region - 8
6 facts when there was no PEC meeting (including the drawing of lots):
Bishkek city - 2
Osh region - 3
Chui region - 1
1 fact of illegal infringement of the rights of observers, pressure against the observer:
2 facts of violation of the secrecy of voting:
4 messages about campaigning on election day:
1 fact of SBB failure:
1 fact when the SBB is not sealed:
PF "Common Cause" will file appeals and complaints related to the above violations.
The next press release on the voting process will be released after 6 PM.
Other messages will be posted on our social media pages, online through the YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3io9emG, scheduled online briefings will take place.
Monitoring of elections is carried out within the framework of the project "Independent observation of the elections of deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, scheduled for November 28, 2021", implemented by the public foundation "Common Cause".