OSCE / ODIHR to discuss electoral reform in Kyrgyzstan
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)/ Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) delegation arrived in Kyrgyzstan to discuss possible ways to support the country's leadership in conduct of electoral reform, 24.kg reported
As noted by the OSCE Centre, the basis for the discussions will serve recommendations from ODIHR final report, compiled on the results of parliamentary elections held in October 2010.
"The October elections showed that if there is clear political will to conduct elections in accordance with OSCE commitments, it is possible to achieve great results even in a short period of time," said Corien Jonker, the head of ODIHR's election observation mission.
Deputy Director of ODIHR Douglas Wake emphasizes the importance of continuing the process of strengthening democratic principles, based on the progress made during the 2010 elections.
"The short period that remains before scheduled for 2011 presidential elections, should be used to revise the electoral code in accordance with the new Constitution, the OSCE commitments and other international standards," Douglas Wake said.
"ODIHR main recommendations are - increasing the capacity of administrative bodies involved in organizing the elections, an independent professional structure for the supervision of audiovisual media to ensure effective mechanisms to review and address complaints, and more transparent procedure for compiling voter lists and ensuring their integrity and completeness," note in the office of the OSCE.
Members of the delegation arrived in Bishkek, ODIHR / OSCE will hold meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Electoral Commission, political parties, NGOs and the international community.