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OSCE / ODIHR observers criticize CEC members for bias towards candidates

International observers of the OSCE / ODIHR mission presented journalists an interim report on holding presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan.

In their opinion, in general, the elections were democratic, competitive and well-organized, but violations were noted. In particular, the influence of the administrative resource, the lack of transparency in the financing of election campaigns, the pressure on voters and claims against the media that caused censorship. In particular, the leader of the election, according to preliminary results, Sooronbai Jeenbekov recovered 5 million soms from 24.kg news agency.

Observers stressed that there were also facts of intimidation, when police officers prevented journalists and independent observers from working at separate polling stations. But in general, the members of the mission state that the precedent of the peaceful transfer of power has been created. However, CEC members sometimes prejudiced some candidates, which made it difficult for them to make informed decisions.

In general, representatives of the organizations admitted that the elections were well organized.