Between 19 November 2020 and 9 January 2021, Media Development Center, a Kyrgyz media organization, and MEMO 98, a Slovak non-profit specialist media-monitoring organization, monitored social media in the run-up to the 10 January early presidential election. The monitoring included 67 different actors (subjects) within 7 various categories (candidates, politicians, political parties, official authorities, media, influencers, and public groups) with accounts on Facebook (50) and Instagram (56).
An early presidential election in Kyrgyzstan was called against the backdrop of the political crisis that arose in the country after the parliamentary elections. It was the publication of preliminary voting results, indicating that the new parliament would be dominated by pro-presidential parties, which triggered the protests. As a result, the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda (CEC) on 6 October 2020, declared the results of the parliamentary elections invalid. The country has been shaken by a political crisis resulting in an unstable situation and power struggles between a wide range of forces.
After turbulents period an early presidential election was called on 24 October to be held on 10 January 2021. The registration of presidential candidates finished on 14 December, with the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda registering 18 candidates. The election campaign began on 15 December and ended on 9 January 2021 (at 08:00, 24 hours before the start of voting). The president is elected for a single six-year term by direct universal suffrage.
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