BISHKEK, December 4. / TASS /. The CEC of Kyrgyzstan received signature lists from 21 presidential candidates by the end of the nomination stage at 23:59 Thursday (20:59 Moscow time). This was reported by the press service of the republic's Central Election Commission.
"The next stage of the election campaign has ended – the period of nominating candidates for the post of President of the Kyrgyz Republic. As of 23:59 December 3, 2020, the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda of the Kyrgyz Republic received signature lists from 21 candidates," the statement says.
As the CEC specified, only 15,033 voters' signatures were collected from one of the candidates, despite the fact that it was necessary to collect at least 30,000 signatures. According to the data published by the department, the number of signatures collected by the remaining candidates meets this requirement. Further, within 8 working days, the CEC working group will verify the authenticity of the submitted signatures.
Early presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, as well as a referendum on the draft of the country's new constitution, will be held on January 10, 2021.
Former Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov resigned on October 15 amid the political crisis that erupted in the country after the October 4 parliamentary elections. Then the representatives of the parties that did not make it to the parliament staged riots in Bishkek. The Central Election Commission of the republic declared the election results invalid. The Speaker of Parliament and the Prime Minister have resigned. The new prime minister was Sadyr Japarov, who was released from prison by the protesters, and the powers of the head of state were transferred to him after Jeenbekov's resignation. However, due to the fact that Japarov intends to take part in the pre-election race, he temporarily resigned from his presidency – they are performed by the current speaker of the parliament Talant Mamytov.