Annex to Final Project Report, Republic of Tajikistan, October 1, 1997 - September 30, 2002: Reference and Training Manual for the Resolution of Election Disputes in Tajikistan (2000)
Election disputes inevitably accompany elections. This interaction is caused by the universal participation of different layers of the population, social groups, and political forces in the establishment of representative bodies.
Actually, the judiciary of the Kyrgyz Republic is also at the beginning of its relationship with the elections process. Not only citizens but even practicing lawyers do not have enough knowledge about electoral law. The laws are new, and there was not enough practice in the resolution of election disputes under the previous legislation.
Election disputes are caused by different reasons. There is a lack of legislation on some points. There are contradictions in the law. And there are violations of electoral legislation by voters, candidates, political parties, election officials, other participants of the elections process, and illegal interference of state bodies into the activity of election commissions.
One of the main reasons for election disputes is a lack of high level of civic understanding of the law and the electoral process.
It is evident therefore that this Manual is necessary for the practical application of the law in resolving disputes that arise in preparation and conduct of elections.