Asia & Australia

September 01, 2017

Kyrgyzstan SC rejects jailed leader’s ballot petition


Omurbek Tekebaev

Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court, on August 31, upheld the rejection of a petition to put opposition leader Omurbek Tekebaev on the ballot for the October presidential election. Tekebaev was condemned earlier this month for accepting baits, which his party believes is an illegitimate conviction by the ruling party.

He is currently serving eight years in prison. Although the petition gathered about 39,000 signatures (9,000 more than required), the Central Election Commission said the signatures were void because the petition was not financed by Tekebaev's election fund.

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