Kyrgyz presidential elections meet int'l norms: CIS Executive Secretary
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 24 / Trend , A.Tanayev/
The presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan have met international norms and interior legislation, the Head of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Monitoring Mission and Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev said at a news conference on July 24.
Lebedev said that the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan had protected the citizens' freedom of choice. He also said that his impressions on the preparations for the elections and the elections themselves had been positive.
The Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee said that up till 16:00 on July 23, when he stopped monitoring the voting process, neither he nor members of the mission had made any serious reprimands regarding the election process.
On July 24, the CIS monitors made their preliminary reports. Lebedev said that the headquarters of the Election Monitoring Mission had launched its activity on July 6. The mission was composed of 136 individuals from seven countries of the Commonwealth. The monitors met with the government representatives, election commissions and the presidential candidates' staff.
Most of the monitors were from Russia and Kazakhstan. Lebedev said that the CIS monitors had been met with support and understanding, had made visits throughout the whole country and had been to over 1000 polling stations.