without any explanations. I think that there is still an issue with the 500,000 soms ($15000) that every party has to give to the Central Election Commission to ensure its participation. If the party gets less than 5% of the votes, they lose this money. For businessmen and current politicians (mostly male) this money is not an issue but for women it would be difficult to collect so much money and it would be likely that a women’s party would lose the elections.
President Bakiev recently gave six cars as a gift to female heads of local government units. The women were very grateful because they were not able to afford their own cars, like their male counterparts.
A number of parties have presented their party lists, women usually are at third or fourth position in the lists. A new party ‘Ak Jol’ closely connected to current President has chosen a woman Cholpon Baekova, head of the Constitional Court, to be on top of their party list.
At the same time, as 24.kg reports, there is a new party of the ‘quota’ people presenting their five-name list at the elections. The Democratic Party of women and young people ‘New Force’ has defined its five-name list of three women and two young? men.