Observing or participating in regime change? Kyrgyz perspectives on the role of international election observation missions in 2005
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Original versionWorking Paper, NUPI. 59 p. NUPI, 2006
This report offers an in-dept analysis of the role of international election observationmissions in during the political upheavals in Kyrgyzstan in 2005. It presents the workof three leading, young academics from Kyrgyzstan. The report forms part of the ‘NUPINetwork for Election Observation and Exchange’. This is project that is supported by theNorwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The starting point for the assessments presentedhere is the realisation that international election observer missions played a central part inthe events that eventually lead to the toppling of President Askar Akaev’s administrationin march 2005. Kyrgyzstan is also a case that highlights the immense challenges that faceelection observation missions in non consolidated democracies of the former Soviet Union.Many of these countries, Kyrgyzstan included, have developed traditions of deep-seatedand sophisticated manipulation of election procedures. Given these preconditions, the threearticles aim to assess from differing perspectives how election observation was conducted inthe country in 2005.