The plenipotentiary representative of the government in the Osh region, Uzarbek Zhylkybaev, said on resigning from his post on August 8. According to him, he made such a decision in order to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in the fall of 2020.
“I considered it necessary to continue my political activity in the legislative branch of power and decided to run for parliamentary elections,” Zhylkybaev writes in his appeal.
In his address, Zhylkybayev also thanked the country’s leadership, former colleagues and residents of the Osh region for “support and hospitality.”
It is still unknown which party the former plenipotentiary will speak from. Zhylkybayev headed the Osh region since July 2018, and before that he was the plenipotentiary of the government in the Issyk-Kul region for a year.
Parliamentary elections will be held on October 4. As of July 9, 44 parties registered at the CEC to participate in the election race. However, not all parties will be able to take a real part in the elections due to the electoral deposit of 5 million soms.
The decision of the authorities to hold parliamentary elections in the fall caused a public outcry. Many believe that it is necessary to redirect the money allocated for the elections to the purchase of medicines, PPE for doctors and equipment necessary in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Activists, some parties and deputies were in favor of postponing the elections. However, in an interview with Birinchi Radio, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov reportedthat the elections will not be rescheduled.
All expenses related to the preparation and conduct of elections are covered by funds from the state budget.
Initially, it was planned to allocate 732 million soms for the elections. However, later the CEC announced that it had carried out “optimization of the costs of holding elections” and reduced costs to 446,900,000 soms.
The CEC reportedthat 60 million soms will be allocated to ensure sanitary and epidemiological standards.