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E. Presidental candidacy rights

Article 75 of the draft law requires a candidate to have worked “no less than 7 years as a head in state and municipal bodies”. The requirement of 7 years work as an executive (head or mayor) in a state or local government, which excludes the vast majority of citizens from the right to be elected, including members of legislative branches of government, is unreasonable and discriminatory and contrary to international standards. Moreover, it hardly can be considered as being in conformity with Article 62 of the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic, which does not provide for such a condition. The OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission recommend that the requirement for 7 years of executive branch experience be deleted from the draft law.