Kyrgyzstan orders high court to investigate election fraud

Kyrgyzstan orders high court to investigate election fraud

[JURIST] President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan [official profile] ordered the country's Central Election Commission and Supreme Court Monday to investigate allegations of fraud in the country's recent parliamentary elections that have spawned weeks of protests from opposition groups. The original elections were held in late February and run-off elections were held March 13. Both sets of elections are alleged to have been rife with fraud and serious flaws according to international observers [OSCE observers report on February 27 poll; PDF]. Severe protests have been held since the announcement of the election results, culminating in the gathering of 17,000 people over the weekend in Jalal-Abad, who burned down the police headquarters, freed detained protestors, and occupied the Govenor's office. Akayev, facing strong calls for his resignation, has ordered the CEC and the Supreme Court to begin their investigations in areas with the strongest public outcry, and to ensure that all of the steps of their investgations are made public. BBC News has more.