The public in Kyrgyzstan voted for local elections and constitutional amendment on December 11th, Sunday 2016. Out of 2.813.255 Kyrgyz voters recorded nationally and internationally, 1.191 people voted for the elections. The voters gave 2.365 votes for constitutional amendment and 1.902 votes for local elections.

In the local elections which decided the district and town hall members in 22 cities and 389 settlement places, 7.211 candidates from 35 political parties competed for 595 council membership.

The level of participation in the local elections in Kyrgyzstan was 43.99 percent. According to the announcement made by Central Election Commission (MSK), while Social Democrat Party had the highest vote with 24.97 percent voting rate, Republic Ata-Jurt had 23.87 percent voting rate, Progression and Development 15.20 percent voting rate, Mekenim Kyrgyzstan 13.03 percent voting rate and Kyrgyzstan Party 9.34 percent voting rate. The participation level in capital city Bishkek was 32 percent; on the other hand the lowest participation level was announced as 21.5 percent from Çolpon Ata.

While Social Democrat Party won in the biggest cities of the country which are Bishkek, Narin, Jalal Abad, Kara Balta, Kızıl Kiya, Uzgen, İsfana, Kadamjay, Aidarken, Taş Kömür, Kirby, Kant, Koçkor Ata, Şopokov and Kaindy, Progression and Development Party gained its votes from Batken, Tabylga from Çolpon-Ata, Enerjik from Kara-Kul, All Kyrgyzstan from Sülüktü and Republic Ata-Jurt from Orlovka.

In Kyrgyzstan the members of district and town hall are elected by public and Mayors by city halls among pre-decided members.

Kyrgyzstan voted “Yes” for Constitutional Amendment

In the referendum which had 42 percent participation level, the voters of 79.7 percent said yes to the constitutional amendment while 15 percent voted contrariwise.

In Kyrgyzstan the referendum, which was prepared by ruling party upon President Almazbek Atambayev’s request and which was made to change 41st article of the constitution, to strengthen the authorization of the prime minister and to speed up the judicial reforms, was approved with 79.7 percent votes. According to the amendment voted by the public, the person who is selected to prime ministry or vice prime ministry will continue his/her deputyship, the right of assignment and authorization of local governments will be taken from local council and given to the prime minister, and the temporary president won’t be candidate in presidency elections.