An election for a school president was held in Budenovskiy secondary school in Isik-Atinskiy district with the use of an electronic vote counting system on 19 October as part of the child and youth friendly Kyrgyzstan project.
The event was aimed at holding an open and transparent election for a school president with the participation of representatives of Central Election Commission (CEC) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
The election campaign of seven presidential candidates were held at school throughout the week. The students of the eighth to eleventh grades participated in the voting. Prior to the voting, they took part at an information session about the rules and procedures of the election process. Head teachers, teachers, representatives of the school parliament and the CEC were part of the observation commission.
“Compared to the election of the previous year, everything was new today. This had never happened before! We had booths for secreting voting as well as electronic bins that will help to calculate the results very quickly. Moreover, we were told about the importance of voting and making a choice,” an eleventh grader named Ravil Vuqlizov shared with us.
The CEC provided the automatic reading ballot boxes for bulletins, while the entire election process simulated government elections.
“This is the first time that we are holding such elections at schools. Pupils were voting very actively. The turnout amounted to 80 percent of the total number of voters. Today’s event showed how fair school elections are held!” the chairman of the information and communication technologies apparatus under the CEC, Kayratbek Addilatov, noted.
The child and youth friendly Kyrgyzstan project is carried out by the International Debate Education Association in Central Asia (IDEA CA) jointly with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with the financial support of the UK government.