In Kyrgyzstan, the people went to the polls at 08:00 local time for the presidential election and the referendum that would determine the country’s administrative system. In the country where there were 3 million 563 thousand 374 voters, the voting process ended at 20:00 local time. With the opening of ballot boxes, ballot papers started to be counted electronically automatically.
The Central Election Commission shared the data obtained with the opening of 96.32 percent of the total 2,474 ballot boxes as of 21.40 local time in the early presidential elections. According to the data announced, while the turnout rate in the elections was 38.63 percent, according to unofficial results, it was Caparov who received 79.24 percent of the votes in the presidential election.
According to the unofficial results, Caparov’s rival Adahan Madumarov took second place with 6.7 percent of the vote, and Babırcan Tolbayev took third place with 2.35 percent of the vote. The voting rate of the other 14 candidates remained below 2 percent. Final results of the elections are expected to be announced after 100 percent of the ballot boxes have not yet reached the election board due to time difference or technical reasons from 97 ballot boxes, 48 of which are abroad.
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81 PERCENT OF VOTERS SAY “YES” TO THE PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM
The rate of participation in the referendum was 38.34 percent. With 95.76 percent of the votes cast in the referendum being counted, more than 81.29 percent of the voters said “yes” to the presidential system. While 10.85 percent of the voters said “no” to the presidential system, 4.43 percent of the voters voted against both systems.
The demonstrations that started after the parliamentary elections held on October 4 in Kyrgyzstan grew and the parliament and government buildings were occupied. A number of opposition leaders, including the current presidential candidate Caparov, who was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months in prison, accused of “taking the governor hostage and destabilizing the situation in the region” in 2017, were released from prison. Caparov was fulfilled by the prime minister who resigned from his post in the shadow of the events, and later took over the powers of President Sooronbay Ceenbekov, who resigned from his post on October 15th.
The Central Election Commission canceled the results of the parliamentary elections held on October 4, following the events, and decided to hold a referendum that will determine the administrative system of the country and early presidential elections