“Authorities in Kyrgyzstan want to control the Central Election Commission (CEC),” the leader of Ata Meken faction Omurbek Tekebayev told 24.kg news agency.
He said that there is diarchy in CEC. “The current CEC doesn’t want to hand the power to the new CEC not understanding that its historical task is completed already. Instead of worthful remaining in the history the old CEC headed by Akylbek Sariev plumped into it. And nobody noted the important thing behind numerous scandals around the CEC: it is the first time when the CEC was headed by representatives of the opposition. This is very important thing demonstrating that the system started working in spite of antagonism. However, statements and actions of authorities show that they don’t want that and are trying to control the CEC in every way,” said Omurbek Tekebayev.
The leader of the faction noted that today the head of the state criticizes the Parliament for selective approach in voting procedure over presidential and parliamentary quota. “Article 157 of Parliament Regulations doesn’t contain univocal order of election of CEC members. The voting procedure is chosen at the discretion of the Parliament. Parliament members didn’t have objections over the parliamentary quota therefore it was decided to vote through general ticket. As to the presidential quota, MPs had serious claims to some nominees, in particular to Asylbek Sariev. Let me be open: if nominees proposed by Roza Otunbayeva were put into the general ticket then probably no one of them was approved. Therefore we took decision to vote for each of them separately. In the result worthy persons were elected. Would Roza Otunbayeva like that no one of her nominees was approved?”
Omurbek Tekebayev commented on president’s criticism on number of CEC members. “The president of the country together with CEC head Akylbek Sariev misinterprets the law. Election of CEC members is based on the Constitution and Election Commission Law 1997 with further additions and amendments and recently passed Election Commission Law. Law 1997 says that composition of CEC is presented by the chairman and 12 members. According to the Constitution 2010 the Parliament elects only 12 members. Neither president nor MPs elect the chairman. So, the rule of chairman’s election dies away by itself. Today Roza Otunbayeva and Akylbek Sariev want to prove that the CEC chairman is member of the CEC. But six months later when we raised the question about resignation of the CEC chairman as his brother participated in the parliamentary elections then the head of the state and Akylbek Sariev argued that the chairman is not the member of the CEC. Meanwhile other member of the CEC Galiya Alymbekova resigned because her husband participated in the elections. So, where is logic?” questions Omurbek Tekebayev.
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