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Oct. 17, 1998 Held

2,196,591
Voted
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Kyrgyz Republic

Referendum

Results

96%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,196,591
Valid Votes:2,195,491
Invalid Votes:20,100

Provisions

Land Reform: The referendum introduces the private ownership of land for Kyrgyzstan's citizens. Seat Distribution: The referendum calls for a redistribution of the seats in the bicameral parliament. The number of seats in the Legislative Assembly are to increase from 35 to 60; the number of seats in the Assembly of People's Representatives are to decrease from 70 to 45. Budget: The referendum calls for the removal of the right of members of parliament to alter the national budget without the government's approval. Freedom of the Press: The referendum includes a provision to increase the freedom of Kyrgyzstan's independent media. Limitation of Immunity: The referendum calls for limiting the level of legal immunity currently awarded to deputies in the parliament. This provision is intended as an anti-corruption measure.

Yes2,075,899

95.40

No100,592

4.60

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At stake in this Referendum:

  • Several amendments to the Consitution including: Allowance of the private ownership of land, restructuring of seats in Kyrgyzstan's bicameral parliament, change in the government's fiscal decision-making abilities, greater freedom for the media, and limiting the immunity of deputies in parliament.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Acting President Askar AKAYEV
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Kubanychbek JUMALIYEV
  • Assembly: Kyrgyzstan has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Legislative Assembly with 35 seats and the Assembly of People's Representatives with 70 seats.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • Referendum to amend the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic. Land Reform: The referendum introduces the private ownership of land for Kyrgyzstan's citizens.

    Seat Distribution: The referendum calls for a redistribution of the seats in the bicameral parliament. The number of seats in the Legislative Assembly are to increase from 35 to 60; the number of seats in the Assembly of People's Representatives are to decrease from 70 to 45.

    Budget: The referendum calls for the removal of the right of members of parliament to alter the national budget without the government's approval.

    Freedom of the Press: The referendum includes a provision to increase the freedom of Kyrgyzstan's independent media.

    Limitation of Immunity: The referendum calls for limiting the level of legal immunity currently awarded to deputies in the parliament. This provision is intended as an anti-corruption measure.

 

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,522,281 (July 1998 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 2,277,592 ( 1998 )