Kyrgyzstan begins to elect new parliament

Kyrgyz people starts to vote for country’s new parliament for next five years

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A local resident looks at election campaign posters, which are on display in the village of Vorontsovka near the capital Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan,

Polling stations opened in Kyrgyzstan for highly unpredictable parliamentary elections on Sunday. The voting began at 8:00 am local time (0200 GMT) and will continue till 8:00 pm (1400 GMT).

14 parties with nearly 2.000 candidates have been officially registered to run for seats in the 120 member parliament. Each party needs to reach seven percent lower bound and get alt least 0.7 percent of electorates in each region.

According to opinion polls, Social Democratic Party, who led the coalition and are still close to President Almazbek Atambayev, is likely to keep its position on government and acquire parliamentary seats on Sunday, with Onuguu-Progress party which is very popular in rural areas.

Atambayev has warm ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which keeps a military air base in Kyrgyzstan.

First time in Kyrgyzstan, a biometric registration system, involving fingerprints, photo, signature, is being used by voters during the election in order to ensuring data privacy and obstructing double voting.

According to government data, at least 2.7 million of citizens have checked in their biometric data in the system.

TRTWorld and agencies