Kyrgyz vote in parliamentary election (2)

08:05, October 11, 2010      

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About tow hours after the voting started, Acting President Roza Otunbayeva went to cast her vote at the No. 1216 polling station, in a music school in the Pervomaisky district.

She said she was sure the election would pass calmly, adding that a fair and transparent election in the country was possible "after the national referendum (in June)."

Asked about the structure of the future parliament, the acting president said she would like to see both pro-government and opposition parties in the parliament.

"We are sure they will consider voices of ethnic minorities, as parties themselves envisage quotas," she said at the station.

CEC said that no serious violation of law were reported during the election.

"Indeed, violations have been committed during the voting process, but they are not capable of influencing the outcome of the election," said Bapanova.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyz Interior Minister Zarylbek Rysaliyev said the country's law enforcement department did not register any incident during the election.

"So far, no emergency has been reported, neither attempts to put pressure and threat nor attacks on polling stations and voters," Rysaliyev said.

A total of 7,000 policemen and 13,000 volunteers have been deployed at polling stations all over Kyrgyzstan, the minister said.

In all 29 political parties are competing for 120 seats in the new government in which the prime minister will have more power than the president.

Analysts have predicted only six parties have a real chance to be voted into the parliament.

According to the election rules, seats will be distributed proportionately to parties passing the 5-percent threshold nationwide and at least 0.5 percent in each of Kyrgyzstan's administrative regions and two key cities.

This is designed to prevent a party from winning without broad nationwide support.

Some 850 international observers from 52 countries and 32 organizations are monitoring the election.

Source: Xinhua
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