Incumbent Kyrgyz President leads in presidential elections: CEC (UPDATE-3)
Incumbent Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has gathered 87.79 percent of the vote in the presidential elections after 51 percent of ballot papers have been counted, the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) website reported.
After ballot papers at 1,194 of the 2,330 polling stations had been counted, Bakiev had gained over one million votes, RIA Novosti reported.
Some 7.1 percent of voters, or 85,000 people, have supported Bakiev's opponent, the candidate of the unified opposition, Almazbek Atambayev.
0.3 percent-1.85 percent of voters supported the other presidential candidates. Altogether six candidates took part in the presidential elections.
A total of 1.34 percent of the electorate have voted against all the candidates.
The presidential elections were held on a work-day for the first time in the history of the Kyrgyz Republic. The CEC reported that voting had generally been conducted calmly. According to preliminary data, over 79 percent of citizens attended the elections. The vote was declared valid on Thursday afternoon when turnout passed the 50 percent threshold.
The votes are continuing to be counted and the data is being posted on the CEO website. Preliminarily this data is in line with legislation.