The Parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan took place on October 4, 2015 without major incidents. Up for grabs were 120 seats in the Jogorku Kengesh (Жогорку Кеңеш) through the proportional system of elections, with parties needing the required 7% threshold to make it into the parliament. According to a team of international observers dispatched from a variety of European countries under the aegis of the OSCE and ODIHR, the elections, despite being characterized as “lively,” nevertheless contained one major shortcoming, a lack of “impartial information available to voters in the news.”
The Kyrgyz presidential elections took place on October 15, 2017 in a relatively calm political environment. There were 11 registered candidates vying for the presidency. Having served his single term limit the incumbent president Almazbek Atambayev was not a candidate, a fact that had an overall positive effect on the elections. The assessment of international observers was largely positive, with some violations, but not enough to alter the general trajectory of the elections. East View’s researchers collected the materials for this collection during the period immediately preceding the election, giving researchers valuable insight into the evolving political culture of Kyrgyzstan.