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Kyrgyzstanis expect reforms in electoral system

Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society NGO held a nationwide telephone poll on November 10-18 to assess the political mood of the Kyrgyzstan’s population after the election of a new president.

If respondents had the opportunity to vote again, 30.5 percent of the population would have support the candidacy of Sooronbai Jeenbekov, and there are more villagers than urban residents among them. 22.5 percent of the population would vote for Omurbek Babanov, while his candidature is supported by an equal number of citizens and rural residents.

According to the report, 41.3 percent of the respondents were not satisfied with the results of the presidential elections. The same number of respondents — 41.3 percent expressed satisfaction, and 2.7 percent said that they did not care.

The highest level of dissatisfaction with the results of presidential elections was recorded in Talas (72%), Issyk-Kul (43.9%), Chui (43.9%) and Jalal-Abad (41.5%) regions, as well as in Bishkek (46.3 percent).

More than a half of the interviewed respondents noted that the results of the elections were expected for them. At the same time, 33.6 percent believe that the results of the elections are unreliable and should not be trusted.

48 percent of the polled population believe that the existing electoral system needs reforms.

«60.1 percent of the polled population did not face or hear about the attempts of the authorities, the heads of companies and institutions to somehow influence the choice of voters. Nevertheless, slightly more than a third of respondents were subjected to pressure. 18 percent of respondents admitted that they were promised a reward (a bonus, a gift) for their vote in support of a certain presidential candidate,» the report says.

Activists polled 738 people.