Bishkek News: At 8 a.m. local time on the 10th, voting for the presidential election in Kyrgyzstan officially began.
According to the information released by the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan, a total of 17 candidates participated in the general election. The number of registered voters in Kyrgyzstan exceeds 3.56 million.
A total of 2,474 domestic polling stations and 48 overseas polling stations were opened in this election. Kyrgyz voters in China can vote at the Kyrgyz Embassy in China and the Consulate General in Guangzhou in Beijing.
It is reported that this election is the fifth presidential election since Kyrgyzstan’s independence. According to the constitution of the country, the president is elected for a six-year term and cannot be re-elected.
If the President is unable to perform his duties, early elections must be held within three months. Dissatisfied with the results of the parliamentary elections held on October 4, 2020, representatives of the defeated party in Guidoch held a protest rally in the capital Bishkek and clashed with the police.
On October 6, the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan declared the results of the parliamentary election invalid. On the 15th, then President Zhenbekov delivered a speech and announced his resignation from the presidency.
Dzembekov was elected President of Kyrgyzstan in 2017 and his term should have ended in 2023.
According to local media reports, the presidential election was held at the same time as the referendum to redefine the national polity.
Voters will get two votes at the polling station, one for the white presidential election, with a list of 17 candidates, and the other for a blue referendum ballot, which includes: presidential system, parliamentary system, all against three options.
The referendum results will take effect if the voter turnout is not less than 30% and the option is more than 50%.