Official: Kyrgyz legislation unables CEC to accredit news agencies for pre-election agitation
Laws of Kyrgyzstan don't allow the Central Election Commission to accredit news agencies for pre-election agitation, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission for Holding Elections and Referendums (CEC), Tuigunaaly Abdraimov, stated at the press-conference today, 24.kg reported.
He said that people are receiving distorted information. "Let's not play cunning and confuse the voters about the agitation. It is bringing like we are preventing the freedom of speech. There are laws we have to observe. According to the law, the agitation of the foreign mass media is banned on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic during election period. To date they are applying to us to solve this issue. Campaigning begins 35 days before the election date and ends one day before the vote. This is unfair norm. Why not to start campaigning just after announcing the election date? But this contradicts to the law. All over the world resorts raise prices during the season, and reduce in the off-season. But it is also unfair. Our resolutions don't depend on desire of CEC's members; we are resting on the law. Nobody ban to inform. They can do that. They don't have measure of responsibility. But if legislators adopted this law then CEC's members have to observe it. We cannot accredit news agencies," said Tuigunaaly Abdraimov.