Kyrgyz presidential election, 2011

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Kyrgyz presidential election, 2011
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Nominee Almazbek Atambayev Adakhan Madumarov
Popular vote 1,173,113 273,577
Percentage 63.2% 14.8%

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President before election

Roza Otunbayeva


Almazbek Atambayev

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Early presidential elections were held in Kyrgyzstan on 30 October 2011[1] to replace Interim President Roza Otunbayeva. Former Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan won in the first round.[2]


The election followed the 2010 Kyrgyzstani riots, during which the incumbent President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted by protesters and an interim government led by Roza Otunbayeva was formed.[3] An election and reform plan was unveiled on 19 April 2010.[4]

Presidential terms[edit]

Under the new constitution, the presidential term is six years long, but re-election is barred.[5]


The election date was announced on 22 April 2010; a constitutional referendum to reduce presidential powers and strengthen democracy was held on 27 June 2010.[6]

On 19 May 2010, it was announced that the presidential elections would not be held on 10 October 2010 together with parliamentary elections, but rather in October 2011, and that Otunbayeva would remain president until 31 December 2011.[7]


The Central Election Commission announced that eighty-three candidates filed to run in the election by the deadline of 16 August. 16 candidates were nominated by parties, while the rest self-nominated. The candidates would have to collect 30,000 signatures, pay a fee of 100,000 Kyrgyzstani soms and pass a televised language test to run for the office of president.[8] Sixteen candidates then qualified to run in the election.[9]

The candidates included:

The incumbent Otunbayeva stated that she would not run in the election.[14] Omurbek Tekebayev, party leader of the opposition Ata Meken Socialist Party, declared he would not be a candidate for the presidency on 22 September.[15]

Campaign and controversies[edit]

Atambayev had the most funds for his campaign and gained a significant share of exposure, thus he said the election could be over in one round. He added "I have bright hopes; it is time for our country to live, achieve harmony and flourish. People are tired of political battles and meetings." However Tashiyev and Adakha Madumarov on multiple occasions suggested that there could be vote-rigging during the election. Tashiyev said that: "The main thing is that there should be no evidence of fraud and the election results must not be falsified."[9]

Ethnic issues[edit]

Following the ethnic riots in 2010, tensions between the indigenous Kyrgyz and Uzbeks continue to be volatile in the south with the region being viewed as a political battleground.[9]

Observers and media accreditation[edit]

The CEC announced on 21 July that it had accredited 40 television and radio broadcasting companies, as well as 103 print media outlets to cover the election, however it refused to consider doing so for 11 internet news agencies.[16] The OSCE said that almost 400 international observers from 41 countries would monitor the election.[9]

Opinion poll[edit]

Opinion polls suggested Atambayev was the clear favourite.[12] Madumarov and Tashiyev, both from the south, being Atambayev's closest challengers.[11]


Former Prime Minister Atambayev won the presidential election by a large margin in the first round and became the new President of Kyrgyzstan.[2] Over 60% voter turnout was recorded.[12]

e • d Summary of the 30 October 2011 Kyrgyz Presidential election results
Candidate Party Votes %
Almazbek Atambayev Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan 1,175,344 63.24
Adakhan Madumarov United Kyrgyzstan 274,434 14.77
Kamchybek Tashiev Ata-Zhurt 266,192 14.32
Temirbek Asanbekov Meken Yntymagy 17,201 0.93
Omurbek Suvanaliev 16,169 0.87
Tursunbai Bakir Uulu Erkin Kyrgyzstan 15,558 0.84
Kubatbek Baibolov 15,384 0.83
Anarbek Kalmatov Ar-Namys 13,623 0.73
Arstanbek Abdyldayev El Uchun 8,759 0.47
Marat Imankulov 5,736 0.31
Kubanychbek Isabekov 3,288 0.18
Kurmanbek Osmonov 2,452 0.13
Akbaraly Aitikeev 2,103 0.11
Torobaev Kolubaev 1,947 0.10
Sooronbai Dyykanov 1,358 0.07
Almazbek Karimov 1,310 0.07
Against all 9,438 0.51
Total votes (turnout: 61.28%) 1,858,596 100.00
Source: IWPR, Central Election Commission


After voting, Atambayev said that: "A parliamentary system is more suited to the nomadic spirit of the people." After 95% of the preliminary results suggested Atambayev had more than 60% of the vote, his campaign spokesman Kadyr Toktogulov said that "Atambayev secured a national victory. There is a very small split in the amount of votes he got in the north and the south."[2]


Douglas Wake, a monitor from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, said that the election was competitive, but there were some issues in regards to the voter lists and the transparency of the process. Sooronbay Dyikanov said that he could not vote because his name was not on the voter list. The central election committee said that this was a mistake, and regional election commissions were the ones who were responsible for this. At the same time Dyikanov said that this was done deliberately. There were numerous other voters who could not vote for the same reason.[13]

Adakhan Madumarov and five other candidates said they would reject the result as several people could not vote according to their "constitutional rights" and that there had been multiple voting.[12]


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  2. ^ a b c Kyrgyz PM wins presidential election, Al Jazeera English, 1 November 2011, retrieved 6 November 2011 
  3. ^ F_363. "Presidential vote in Kyrgyzstan in 6 months: interim leader - People's Daily Online". Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Kyrgyz Interim Government Unveils Reform Plan To 'return To Democracy'". 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  5. ^ Source: reuters // Reuters (2010-10-01). "FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Kyrgyzstan - AlertNet". Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  6. ^ "Kyrgyzstan's new leaders set October election date". BBC News. 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  7. ^ "Kyrgyzstan's interim leader Otunbayeva to be president to 2011 | Asia-Pasific". World Bulletin. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Eighty-Three Candidates Declare For Kyrgyz Presidential Election". 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Kyrgyzstan votes for new president". Retrieved 2016-11-08. 
  10. ^ "Anxiety marks Kyrgyzstan poll run-up - Asia". Al Jazeera English. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  11. ^ a b "PM Atambayev wins Kyrgyzstan presidential election". BBC News. 31 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Controversy mars Kyrgyz presidential election". Retrieved 2016-11-08. 
  13. ^ a b Bollier, Roxanne Horesh, Sam. "Kyrgyzstan flirts with democracy". Retrieved 2016-11-08. 
  14. ^ "Kyrgyz President Says Won't Run For Second Term". 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  15. ^ Бурулкан Сарыгулова. "Өмүрбек Текебаев шайлоого катышпайт". Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  16. ^ Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director (2011-08-04). "Kyrgyzstan: Online News Agencies Denied Accreditation | Human Rights Watch". Retrieved 2011-10-30. 

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