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KYRGYZSTAN – forthcoming opinion concerning sanctions for electoral violations – country visit

11/02/2020 - 12/02/2020

Bishkek - In the framework of the preparation of the opinion on the amendments to some legislative acts of the Kyrgyz Republic related to sanctions for violation of electoral legislation, the Venice Commission delegation participated in a series of meetings with the Kyrgyz authorities and national experts in Bishkek, on 11 - 12 February 2020.

This opinion is on the agenda of the March 2020 Plenary session of the Commission (20-21 March 2020).

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