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    BISHKEK, July 11 (RIA Novosti) - Sunday's presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan proceeded in accordance with the law, observers from the Commonwealth of Independent States said Monday.

    Vladimir Rushailo, a former interior minister of Russia and the head of the CIS mission, told a news conference that some individual violations in the election campaign had taken place, but that they had not affected the free will of the voters and the results of the voting.

    "The international observers from the CIS believe the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan held on July 10, 2005 proceeded in accordance with the country's election law," he said.

    According to the CIS mission, the election commission ensured that citizens could enjoy their voting rights.

    The CIS observers, however, said they were unhappy about the procedure of "marking" the voters, whose fingers were marked with special fluorescent liquid at the entrance to polling stations at the request of Western observers to prevent people from voting twice.

    "The election commission's instructions about the marking procedure are, in our view, incorrect in relation to the voters," said Rushailo.

    According to initial reports, acting Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev won a landslide victory.

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