Elections in Kyrgyzstan were competitive and offered voters a wide range of choice, while highlighting need for improved procedures and transparency, international observers say
BISHKEK, 5 October 2015 – The parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan were competitive and provided voters with a wide range of choice, while the manner in which they were administered highlighted the need for better procedures and increased transparency, the international observers concluded in a preliminary statement released today.
While the use of new voting technologies, signaling the political will to improve elections, was successful in many respects, the hurried introduction of biometric registration resulted in significant problems in the inclusiveness of the voter list. This, concerns over ballot secrecy and significant procedural problems during the vote count were the main issues that tarnished what was a generally smooth election day, the observers said.
“These lively and competitive elections were unique in this region as, until 8 o’clock last night, nobody knew what the composition of the parliament would be,” said Ignacio Sanchez Amor, Special Co-ordinator and Leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission. “Impressive efforts were made to implement biometric registration and new voting technologies, but procedural shortcomings point to the need for further work.”
COPENHAGEN, 2 October 2015 – A delegation from the Mejlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan, accompanied by officials from the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, visited the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly International Secretariat in Copenhagen today to discuss further co-operation.
OSCE PA Deputy Secretary General Gustavo Pallares provided an overview of recent Assembly activities and initiatives and welcomed the Mejlis’s increasing interest and participation. He thanked both the Mejlis and the OSCE Centre for their collaboration with the Assembly in hosting a seminar on parliamentary activities in Ashgabat in April and encouraged similar joint initiatives. The Deputy Secretary General also invited members of Turkmenistan’s Delegation to the OSCE PA to participate in future election observation missions.
COPENHAGEN, 1 October 2015 – Interparliamentary organizations, national parliaments and individual parliamentarians can best promote international security by championing rules and norms, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) said in Moscow today.
President Kanerva also underscored the role of frequent and constructive dialogue between parliamentarians as a crucial component of forging partnerships and de-escalating tensions in response to today’s pressing security challenges.
The OSCE PA President is in Moscow to participate in the International Parliamentary Forum, themed this year on “The role of parliaments in ensuring international security in contemporary conditions.” The Forum is organized by the Russian State Duma and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Especially in the context of international security, we must highlight the rules, procedures and norms by which the international system is able to function,” Kanerva said. “Unfortunately, it is clear that at the moment the international system is in a state of abnormal flux and we see the greatly differing views of various stakeholders as to what is right. And so, strong commitment to international rules, procedures and standards is needed more than ever.”
OSCE States must lead in pursuing UN Sustainable Development Goals, says Parliamentary Assembly’s Aknazarova
COPENHAGEN, 28 September 2015 – Roza Aknazarova (MP, Kyrgyzstan), the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment, today welcomed the adoption of the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda and urged the OSCE’s participating States to pursue faithful implementation.
Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN General Assembly on 25 September, aim to eradicate poverty and hunger; provide quality education for all; achieve gender equality and reduce all forms of inequality; tackle climate change; ensure environmental sustainability; strengthen partnerships for implementation; and more by 2030.
“The key to realizing these goals will be both the will of individual countries and vigorous international co-operation, including through the OSCE and among its participating States. If we are not to be ashamed before future generations, we must align our priorities with these ambitious goals on the local, regional and global level,” Aknazarova said.
The Chairperson noted that the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Helsinki Declaration, adopted at the conclusion of the Assembly’s Annual Session in July, considers each of the issues behind the SDGs.