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United Kyrgyzstan Members Picket Court In Bishkek

The United Kyrgyzstan party has said laws were violated during the elections
BISHKEK -- About 80 supporters of a Kyrgyz political party have held a protest against election results that showed the party failed to win enough votes to enter parliament, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The supporters of the United Kyrgyzstan party picketed the Birinchi Mai courthouse in Bishkek on November 5.

The court was scheduled to start hearings into United Kyrgyzstan's complaint about the results of the October 10 elections. But the hearings were postponed until November 10.

Party leaders filed a complaint saying that numerous laws were violated during the elections. They also say that the legal situation surrounding the elections was murky.

The number of votes United Kyrgyzstan received, according to official results released by the Central Election Commission on November 1, was equal to 4.6 percent of the number of total eligible voters -- short of the minimum 5 percent needed to enter parliament. Five parties cleared the 5-percent barrier.

United Kyrgyzstan leaders have complained that election officials changed the total number of eligible voters in order to prevent United Kyrgyzstan from
entering parliament.