Strengthening Democratic Practices in the Election Processes in Kyrgyzstan
Elections are one of the critical elements of the democratization agenda in Kyrgyzstan. The proposed project will support democratic practices in the upcoming elections 2015-2017 (parliamentarian, municipal and presidential elections) as elections represent a major means to increase citizens’ participation in political life and of voicing their concerns regarding the achievement of the objectives of poverty alleviation and human development.
- Accuracy and transparency of voting results are ensured by the Central Election Commission
- The Election Dispute Resolution system is functional with involvement of political parties, judges and national police
- Citizens’ engagement and participation in democratic election processes is increased thanks to activities carried out by local NGOs
- Other OI
- United Nations Development Programme
- KOICA; Central Election Commission; NGOs.
The parliamentarian democracy of Kyrgyzstan is the first and the only parliamentarian democracy in Central Asia. Inspired by the success story of Mongolia, the government has taken the decision to modernize the electoral system and to use New Voting Technologies (biometric voters’ registration, electronic voters’ identification, electronic voting, and results management). National authorities and civil society join their forces to strengthen democratic practices in elections.
Supporting democracy in Kyrgyzstan is a crucial endeavor for Switzerland. During his recent visit to Kyrgyzstan, President Didier Burkhalter was asked to support elections in Kyrgyzstan to which request our President publicly announced Switzerland’s intention to give technical and financial support.
The project goal is contribute to the efforts of the Kyrgyz authorities to strengthen democratic practices in the election processes.
Fair and transparent elections will foster peace and stability and they contribute to increase citizens’ trust into authorities. The authorities have defined stability as main prerequisites in order to insure sustainable development in Kyrgyzstan.
The project will support introduction of the New Voting Technologies, (contribution o procurement of equipment and training of operators), setting up a dispute resolution system and civic education.
At the level of authorities: Central Election Commission, Judiciary and dispute resolution mechanisms, law enforcement bodies, and political leaders
At society level: NGOs, local observers, individual citizens and voters.
Democratic elections take roots in the political system and culture of Kyrgyzstan.
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Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Other International Organization
United Nations Organization (UNO)
Central Election Commission: Project agreement; KOICA: Delegated Cooperation Agreement; UNDP: Cost Sharing Agreement; NGOs: mandate agreements.
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Kyrgyz Elections Support Project Phase II, UNDP; OSCE
SECO financed urban water supply projects, SDC financed Voice and Accountability project
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 2'600'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 2'468'540|
Phase 1 10.02.2015 - 30.04.2018 (Completed)