Kyrgyzstan holds nationwide elections for local legislatures

2012-11-25 10:51:50 GMT2012-11-25 18:51:50(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BISHKEK, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Kyrgyz voters in 25 cities and 416 rural districts went to the polls Sunday to elect members of local legislatures in the central Asian nation of 5.883 million people.

A total of 2,027 polling stations were open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., including 203 in the capital of Bishkek, according to Central Election Commission (CEC). About 2.595 million voters were registered for the elections.

Three towns and 13 rural districts had held local elections in March.

According to Interior Ministry, more than 5,500 police officers and 9,000 volunteers were deployed to boost security during the election day.

President Almazbek Atambayev, who cast his ballot in Bishkek, said it would be hard to predict the outcome of the local elections because the strength of each political party varies a lot in different regions.

But he said he believes that the winning party in each district would cooperate with other parties.

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