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Kyrgyz Presidential Hopefuls Denied Registration Plan New Appeal


Toktaiym Umetalieva plans to file another appeal

Toktaiym Umetalieva plans to file another appeal

BISHKEK -- Four people whose applications to register as candidates for this month's Kyrgyz presidential election have twice been rejected plan to file another appeal, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
The Central Election Commission (BSK) on October 6 said the four applicants -- Toktaiym Umetalieva, Kalybek Arabaev, Sooronbai Dyikanov, and Ulanbek Soodanbek -- will not be registered for failing to meet the necessary requirements. All four had appealed an earlier decision rejecting their candidacies.
Arabaev told RFE/RL that the four plan to appeal the commission's ruling at Bishkek's Birinchi Mai District Court.
The commission on October 6 also registered four more candidates for the October 30 poll, after initially ruling they did not have enough supporters.
Each presidential hopeful is required to pass a mandatory Kyrgyz-language test, gather the signatures of at least 30,000 voters, and pay a registration fee of some $2,100.
The commission announced on October 7 that it has granted a request by Marat Sultanov, who was registered earlier as a candidate, to withdraw from the race. The total number of registered candidates currently stands at 23.

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