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Kyrgyz Republic - Assistance in the electoral field

06/11/2017 - 12/11/2017

In the framework of the project “Support to Strengthening Democracy through Electoral Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic” a number of activities was held for representatives of Kyrgyzstan from 6 to 12 November 2017.

Bishkek – A follow-up seminar on media monitoring of the October 2017 Presidential elections was held jointly with a local NGO “Media Development Centre” on 6-8 November 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The seminar focused on enhancing the potential of journalists and media experts in a post-electoral analysis of the data collected during the monitoring process. As a result of the seminar a media monitoring analytical report was drafted with the support of the Venice Commission experts of the drawing conclusions regarding the performance of media during the campaigning period.

Kiev - Representatives of the Central Election Commission (CEC) and the State Registration Service (SRS) of the Kyrgyz Republic participated in a study visit to Kiev, Ukraine on 8-9 November 2017. The study visit participants got an insight into voter lists’ registration and the functioning of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine. They also had an opportunity to meet senior officials from the CEC and SRS of Ukraine, as well as to visit the premises of the state register of voters and their server room.

Bishkek – Working Group under the Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, tasked with improving the Electoral System in the Kyrgyz Republic, and in particular, with developing a new comprehensive Electoral Reform Strategy, met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 11-12 November 2017 to hold further discussions on the above-mentioned Strategy. A number of issues were discussed at the meeting, among them basic legal principles, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, electoral dispute resolution, and international standards and recommendations.

The project “Support to Strengthening Democracy through Electoral Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic” is implemented by the Venice Commission with funding provided by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

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