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Referendum is the first step away from disaster - Kyrgyzstan CEC member

Politics Materials 27 June 2010 19:38
Referendum in Kyrgyzstan is the first step away from disaster, the member of the Central Electoral Committee of Kyrgyzstan, Nurlan Seitov said in interview to Trend.
Referendum is the first step away from disaster - Kyrgyzstan CEC member

Kyrgyzstan, Osh, June 27 /Trend, special correspondent S.Gafarova /

Referendum in Kyrgyzstan is the first step away from disaster, the member of the Central Electoral Committee of Kyrgyzstan, Nurlan Seitov said in interview to Trend.

"We can confidently assert that the decision of the Interim Government of Kyrgyzstan to hold a plebiscite at the appointed time at any cost was fullfilled", Seitov said.

On Sunday Kyrgyzstan holds a referendum on a new constitution which transforms the country into a parliamentary republic and also endorses the current head of the Provisional Government Roza Otunbayeva as interim president for 1,5 years.

According to Seitov, protests in Kyrgyz society were high on the eve of the referendum.

"The experts and politicians warned of a possible escalation of the conflict and of certain forces preparing to spoil the referendum. Given the fragile security situation, many international organizations preferred not to send observers to a referendum in Kyrgyzstan. For example, the OSCE has withdrawn 300 of its observers. There are about 100 international observers in the country now. In Osh and Jalal-Abad their representation is scanty ", he said.

According to him, in advance of the referendum, local authorities have taken security measures.

"The protection of buildings, where electoral commissions are located has been reinforced. Voters are provided with transport. Decree of Interim Government allowed residents of Osh and Jalal-Abad who lost their documents during the pogroms to vote in order of voters' list. The curfew which will last until August 10 - the beginning of the Muslim holiday Orozo - is lifted for the day of the referendum ", said Seitov.

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