Monitoring Kyrgyzstan’s Presidential Election

For the 2011 Kyrgyzstan Presidential election, I was an accredited international election observer for the National Democratic Institute, funded by USAID. I observed voting in a dozen precincts in the Jalalabad region, southern Kyrgyzstan, and home of some of its more volatile political and criminal figures. There were over a dozen candidates, though only three were of any consequence.

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Monitoring Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Vote

For Kyrgyzstan’s post-regime-change parliamentary election, I again served as an accredited international election observer in a two-member team with a local volunteer for the National Democratic Institute, funded by USAID. We were responsible for the Talas valley, an agricultural region in the northwest. Twenty-seven parties ran in the ballot, with those earning over 5% of the voting population entering parliament. Turnout was a bit over 50%, thus, only 5 parties mustered that amount. All of them are led by former high government officials, and differ little on ideology. The voting I observed was generally free, though not without problems.

The below excerpt is from my report to NDI. The full report is available on request.

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Monitoring Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Referendum

I was an accredited international election observer for the 2010 Kyrgyzstan Constitutional Referendum, in a two-member team with a staff member of the National Democratic Institute, funded by USAID. We were responsible for the town of Tokmok and its suburbs, a major northern town on the Chuy River notable for its ethnic diversity, trade, and organized criminal activity. There was only one question – whether the voter agrees to the new constitution (and implicitly on maintaining Rosa Otunbayeva as Interim President). The resolution was passed by a margin of over 96%.

The below excerpt is from my report to NDI. The full report is available on request.

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