OSCE parliamentarians deploy to Kyrgyzstan to observe parliamentary elections

Karimi PJJ KG EOM 221121Farah Karimi and Peter Juel-JensenCOPENHAGEN, 22 November 2021 – Nearly 60 OSCE parliamentarians will deploy this week to Kyrgyzstan for the 28 November parliamentary elections. The OSCE PA observers will work closely with colleagues from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

OSCE PA Treasurer Peter Juel-Jensen (MP, Denmark) has been appointed by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office as Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission. Juel-Jensen has previously led several OSCE PA observer missions, including the Special Limited Election Observation Mission to the early presidential election in Kyrgyzstan on 10 January 2021.

Today, Juel-Jensen spoke to a team of 230 short-term observers in a video address, noting the important role of observers in assessing the electoral process against the democratic commitments all OSCE countries have subscribed to.

“With the information gathered by the core team and long-term observers, as well as our efforts as short-term observers in the coming week, I am confident that we will be able to produce a fair, impartial and accurate report on the elections,” Juel-Jensen said.

The OSCE PA delegation is headed by Farah Karimi (MP, Netherlands). “Kyrgyzstan’s political landscape has gone through major changes in recent months, with two referenda this year paving the way for a shift to a presidential form of government,” Karimi said. “The scale of our mission demonstrates the recognition by the international community of the importance of observing this critical phase of transition in Kyrgyzstan.”

OSCE PA observers will deploy in Bishkek and surroundings, working closely with long-term observers who have been deployed to all seven regions of the Kyrgyz Republic and the cities of Bishkek and Osh.

Altogether, the international election observation mission will have more than 300 observers in the country.

Observers will be comprehensively briefed prior to election day by representatives of the election administration and civil society, candidates and experts. The leaders of the mission will deliver the post-election statement of preliminary findings and conclusions at a press conference in Bishkek on 29 November, which will stream live on the OSCE PA website, www.oscepa.org.

The OSCE PA has previously observed five parliamentary and five presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan.

To read previous assessments of elections in Kyrgyzstan, please click here.



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