WORLD Parliamentary elections end in Kyrgyzstan

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Parliamentary elections end in Kyrgyzstan

Xinhua

17:29, October 05, 2020

A person prepares to vote at a polling station in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Oct. 4, 2020. The parliamentary elections ended in Kyrgyzstan late Sunday. According to data of automatically reading ballot boxes, four parties -- Birimdik (24.54 percent), Mekenim Kyrgyzstan (23.9 percent), Kyrgyzstan (8.74 percent) and Butun Kyrgyzstan (7.09 percent) -- have passed the 7 percent threshold and can enter the parliament.The official data will be announced after manual counting of all ballot papers. (Photo: Roman/Xinhua)

BISHKEK, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The parliamentary elections ended in Kyrgyzstan late Sunday.

According to data of automatically reading ballot boxes, four parties -- Birimdik (24.54 percent), Mekenim Kyrgyzstan (23.9 percent), Kyrgyzstan (8.74 percent) and Butun Kyrgyzstan (7.09 percent) -- have passed the 7 percent threshold and can enter the parliament.

The official data will be announced after manual counting of all ballot papers.

A total of 2,474 polling stations were opened across the country on Sunday at 8 a.m. local time and closed at 8 p.m., and 45 polling stations were opened around the world.

According to data by the Central Election Commission, the turnout rate was 55.65 percent, with nearly 2 million people having casted their votes.

In addition, Kyrgyz citizens residing abroad continue to vote in 31 polling stations.

The last voting will be completed in the polling station formed on the territory of the Kyrgyz Embassy in the United States on Oct. 5 at 6 a.m. Bishkek time.

The parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan are held according to a specific algorithm developed by the Ministry of Health and the country's Central Election Commission due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the algorithm, all members of election commissions and voters were provided with personal protective equipment, and a social distance of 1.5-2 meters is observed both outside and inside the voting premises.

The Kyrgyz parliament has 120 seats with members elected for a five-year term by party-list proportional voting. To win seats, parties must pass a national electoral threshold of 7 percent and receive at least 0.7 percent of the votes in each of the seven oblasts of Kyrgyzstan. No one party is allowed to hold more than 65 seats in the parliament. Enditem

Voters arrive at a polling station in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Oct. 4, 2020. The parliamentary elections ended in Kyrgyzstan late Sunday. According to data of automatically reading ballot boxes, four parties -- Birimdik (24.54 percent), Mekenim Kyrgyzstan (23.9 percent), Kyrgyzstan (8.74 percent) and Butun Kyrgyzstan (7.09 percent) -- have passed the 7 percent threshold and can enter the parliament.The official data will be announced after manual counting of all ballot papers. 

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