Bishkek: A major opposition party in Kyrgyzstan accused the government of carrying out massive electoral fraud just hours after polls opened in Thursday’s Presidential Elections in the ex-Soviet state.
"Massive falsification of these elections is occurring across the entire republic," the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan said in a statement.
"It is now already possible to speak about the complete illegitimacy of these elections," said the party, a key member of the United People's Movement opposition coalition, which supports candidate Almazbek Atambayev.
Today's elections in Kyrgyzstan -- long considered the most unstable state in ex-Soviet Central Asia -- are widely expected to return incumbent President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to power despite his growing unpopularity.
First Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 13:41