Unequal conditions for candidates in elections in Kyrgyzstan

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The European Union welcomes the holding of an orderly and well-organized presidential election on January 10, 2021 in the Kyrgyz Republic, especially in light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, according to the preliminary findings and conclusions of the OSCE / ODIHR International Election Observation Mission, there were unequal conditions for candidates, the use of administrative resources and violations of campaign procedures. Voter turnout was also relatively low. The Kyrgyz authorities should further improve their national electoral legislation in line with the OSCE / ODIHR recommendations.

The presidential elections are an important step towards the return of political stability to the republic. As a longtime partner, the European Union remains committed to supporting the Kyrgyz Republic in advancing socio-economic development, good governance, the rule of law and the fight against corruption. The EU calls on the future president to work with all sectors of society to further strengthen the universal obligations of the Kyrgyz Republic on human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to comply with its international obligations.

In a referendum on the future political system, Kyrgyz voters supported the introduction of a presidential model of government. The new constitution should ensure that the presidential system fully adheres to democratic principles in accordance with international obligations. Ongoing discussion of a new project should be open and transparent.

The EU calls for parliamentary elections to be held as soon as possible. To this end, the EU encourages further cooperation with the OSCE / ODIHR and recalls the need to respect inclusiveness and pluralism, including through dialogue with civil society.

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