After the negotiations with the Chairman of the Kyrgyz Central Election Commission Korea is ready to supply equipment for improvement of the electoral process. The Central Election Commission (CEC) informed 24.kg news agency.
The press service of the commission notes that Tuigunaaly Abdraimov paid an official visit to Korea on February 23-27 as a member of the Parliament delegation headed by the Spokesman Asylbek Zheenbekov and the Prime Minister Zhantoro Satybaldiev. Within the official visit there were held meetings with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Souyth Korea Kang Chang-hee and the Korean Prime Minister Jung Hong-won. The Korean party supported the intentions of the Kyrgyz authorities in holding democratic and transparent elections in 2015 and 2017. In the nearest future the parties are going to sign up a memorandum of understandings between the Kyrgyz Central Election Commission and the Korean National Election Commission.
Besides, they discussed the creation of a regional training center for improving skills of representatives of the electoral bodies of the World Association of Election Officials member-states in Kyrgyzstan.
Tuigunaaly Abdraimov suggested opening a special center for storage of the supplied by the Korean party equipment for improvement of the electoral process to preserve it from downtime in the period between elections and to be used for training of representatives of the association's member-states.
The Chairperson of the Korean National Election Commission Lee In-Bok promised to render assistance in supplying by Korea equipment for the electoral process in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Kyrgyz Central Election Commission confirmed to 24.kg news agency that the commission is ready to purchase equipment in Korea. However at present the negotiations are being held, because the procurement is very expensive - more than $15 million.
Recall that the fair of Innovative Technologies in the Electoral Process was held in Bishkek on October 30-31, where Voskhod Scientific Research Institute (federal state unitary enterprise), Scytl, Smartmatic, Dominion voting, Parc&opc, MERgroup, Miru System new electoral technologies were represented. The CEC members have chosen Smartmatic (Venezuela), Miru System (South Korea), MERgroup (Israel). According to Tuigunaaly Abdraimov, the Republic of Korea and the European Union are ready to finance the procurement of the equipment.