OSCE calls Kyrgyz referendum peaceful but finds flaws
International election monitors lauded Kyrgyz authorities Monday in Bishkek for having conducted a peaceful constitutional referendum, but found some problems, including incorrect ballot counting, DPA reported.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) deployed 25 observers before and during Sunday's vote.
Election officials said late Sunday more than 90 per cent of the participants in the referendum voted for switching over to a parliamentary system, and confirmed interim President Rosa Otunbayeva in office.
"Considering the extremely difficult environment in which the referendum took place only weeks after the violence in Osh and Jalal-Abad, the provisional government and other authorities should be commended for organizing a remarkably peaceful process," said Ambassador Boris Frlec, the head of the OSCE team.
But the observers found that officials were not always aware of the correct way of counting ballots, or that counting rules were not respected.
In addition, not all voters were checked for possible cases of multiple voting.
The team fielded by the Vienna-based OSCE said authorities had made efforts to get the vote out to people displaced by the recent violence, but added that the recent events might have dissuaded members of the Uzbek minority from going to the polls.