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ODIHR head: Conducting referendum in peaceful atmosphere – 'remarkable achievement' of Kyrgyz government

Politics Materials 30 June 2010 20:45
The fact that the interim government in Kyrgyzstan could hold a referendum in a peaceful environment is a remarkable achievement, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Director, Ambassador Janez Lenarcic said to a press conference in Astana on June 30.
ODIHR head: Conducting referendum in peaceful atmosphere – 'remarkable achievement' of Kyrgyz government

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 30 /Trend, S.Suleymanov/

The fact that the interim government in Kyrgyzstan could hold a referendum in a peaceful environment is a remarkable achievement, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Director, Ambassador Janez Lenarcic said to a press conference in Astana on June 30.

"The positive is that the interim government and other authorities - elected bodies and voters could hold the referendum in an environment of peace and tranquility just two weeks after the crisis and terrible violence in country's south," he said.

According to him, this is "remarkable achievement", which is commendable.
According to him, there is no simple answer to the question of whether referendum met the obligations.

Questions appeared whether the requirement of a minimum voter turnout of at least 50 percent was taken into account, while participation has actually been more than 50 percent,
there are shortages, said Lenarcic.

According to him, they are associated with the integrity of legal framework, as there are many ambiguities in the legislation and it is important to resolve these issues before the upcoming parliamentary elections.
"The role of the media is the sphere in which there is great reserves for improvement, said Lenarcic. - it needs to create such public media, which can play an impartial role in the election, as it was done in the past."

According to him, in four weeks the ODIHR will give its recommendations to the Kyrgyz authorities to improve the electoral process.

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