Switzerland will provide more than 14 million soms for Kyrgyz elections

Sep 30, 2016

Photo Credit: Embassy of Switzerland in Kyrgyzstan

More than 14 million soms (200 thousand Swiss francs) in the form of a grant will be allocated by Switzerland for elections in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Supplement to the existing agreement of the project to support elections in Kyrgyzstan was signed today 30 September 2016 by the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Switzerland in Kyrgyzstan Rene Holenshtayn and UNDP Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic Alexander Avanessov in the presence of the Chairman of the State Registration Service of the Kyrgyz Republic Tayirbek Sarpashev.

The Government of Switzerland continues to support the Kyrgyz authorities in the framework of the project “Strengthening of democratic procedures in the electoral process in the Kyrgyz Republic”. The purpose of the project - assistance to the efforts of the Kyrgyz authorities in the strengthening of democracy in the electoral process.

Additional funding is allocated for the improvement of biometric identification of the State Registration Service system to ensure the accuracy and transparency of the election results.

“Every election is an important step in the development of the country, the region and the community. Citizens sincerely hope that their vote counts and the changes will come to the best,” – told Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Switzerland in Kyrgyzstan Rene Holenshtayn.

Parliamentary elections in 2015 were successfully conducted with the use of new voting technologies. Switzerland supported training of 9000 operators in new technologies voting, supply of more than 200 automated ballot boxes, as well as provided support in voter education, in holding of domestic surveillance and dispute resolution system.

UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic will be in charge to implement the project.

Embassy of Switzerland in Kyrgyzstan

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