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Kyrgyzstan observes “day of calm” on eve of presidential polls

October 29, 2011, 16:18 UTC+3

According to legislation, any advertising by presidential candidates and political parties is banned on this day

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BISHKEK, October 29 (Itar-Tass) — Kyrgyzstan observes on Saturday “the day of calm” on the eve of the presidential elections, scheduled for October 30.

“According to legislation, any advertising by presidential candidates and political parties is banned on this day,” Itar-Tass learnt at the Central Election Commission on elections and referendums (CEC), True, according to its representatives, the ban does not cover earlier installed bill-boards, posters and leaflets.

The public and political situation in the country is “stable and is fully under control of law enforcement bodies; our officers are ready to stop short any attempts at violating law and order,” Itar-Tass learnt at the republic Interior Ministry.

Calm reins in Bishkek: the main part of population is engaged in their every-day work. The heat of political passions was possibly cooled down by a Saturday snowfall. It covered blossoming roses in some places in the spurs of the Kyrgyz capital.

Some movement in the city is observed, mostly, near polling stations. Especially at polls where the first persons of the state will cast their ballots on Sunday. Early in the morning, several dozens of workers hurriedly cleared away fallen leaves and garbage from lawns in front of the city musical school where incumbent President Roza Otunbayeva is expected to come.

According to official data, ballot papers contain the names of 16 candidates and a line “against all”. In the opinion of experts, incumbent premier Almazbek Atambayev is regarded as the front-runner. He may be competed only by former parliament speaker Adakhan Madumarov and leader of the Ata-Zhurt (Homeland) Party Kamchybek Tashiev.

At the same time, political scientists believe that if the winner is not elected in the first round of elections, and nobody collects more than 50 percent of the vote from the number of citizens who cast their ballots, the political array may fully change in the second round.

“All in all, candidates spent nearly 135 million soms (around three million US dollars) for their publicity during the election race,” the Kyrgyz CEC said. A considerable part of this sum was spent by three-five main candidates. Possibilities of their rivals turned to be much more modest.

It is expected that preliminary results of the voting in Kyrgyzstan will be known on Monday.


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