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Independent international observers share impressions of election process

Elections of deputies of the Parliament are taking place in Kyrgyzstan. At least 736 international observers are accredited.

Member of the Danish Parliament appointed as the Special Coordinator of the OSCE short-term observer mission, Peter Juel-Jensen, and the member of the Parliament of Holland, head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly observer delegation Farah Karimi shared their impressions of the elections with 24.kg news agency.

«We were presents at the opening of other polling stations. It’s too early to make an assessment. Everything passed very well. Voters came. There were not so many of them — 5-10 people. I think this number will increase during the day,» Peter Juel-Jensen said.

Another observer noted an outage in the biometric verification system.

«I agree with my colleague. It is too early to give an unambiguous assessment of the electoral process. We need to get feedback from other colleagues. There were problems with getting biometric data at one of the PECs, which we visited in the morning. But this is not an assessment of the overall picture. This is only one polling station,» Farah Karimi said.

Deputies of the seventh convocation of Parliament are elected in Kyrgyzstan today. The electoral system was changed in the country, so there will be 90 deputies instead of 120. As a result, 54 deputies of the Parliament will be elected according to the proportional system (open lists of candidates of political parties) in the single electoral district, 36 deputies — according to the majority system in single-mandate constituencies.