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Number Of Kyrgyz Presidential Candidates Drops Drastically

Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission (CEC) says the number of people eligible to take part as candidates in the upcoming presidential election has dropped sharply.

There were still 65 people seeking to complete registration requirements but the CEC said on September 9 that only 22 of them were able to pay the 100,000 som (about $2,200) needed to register and only eight candidates had collected the 30,000 signatures required for inclusion on the ballot.

Kyrgyzstan is holding a presidential election on October 30, the first such poll the country has conducted since former President Kurmanbek Bakiev was ousted by protests on April 7, 2010.

compiled from agency reports