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INTERNATIONAL MONITORS ARE CONGRATULATING KAZAKHSTAN FOR HOLDING DEMOCRATIC ELECTION ON 26 APRIL 2015

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INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP

 

 

ELECTORAL ASSESSMENT ON

26 APRIL 2015

EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

 

 

 

4 May 2015

Report issued on 4 MAY 2015

 

 

REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

 

ELECTORAL ASSESSMENT ON

26 APRIL 2015

EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN


 

 

 

I. INTRODUCTION


According to an official invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kazakhstan to observe the 26 April 2015 snap presidential election, the INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP (comprising the teams of European Council on International Relations and Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and independent electoral experts)  decided to evaluate the political, judicial, legislative and general framework of the early presidential election from 26 April 2015.


The aim of the evaluation process was to assess the pre-election environment and the preparations for the presidential election.


The evaluation process comprised in legislative text analyses, assessment of general political situation in the country and the conformity with general accepted democratic practices and regulation and with bona fide principles.


Taken into account were also: public opinions, statements and discussions expressed by officials from different Kazakhstan institutions and the election and civil administration, as well as official spokespersons from political parties, media outlets, civil society personalities, and the international community.

 

 

 

II. GENERAL ASSESSMENT OF LAW PROVISIONS

 


According with the law prescriptions the presidential vote will start on 26 April 2015, giving the voters the chance to elect the president for a five-year term.


The law encapsulates also the necessary democratic prescriptions for an open and fair electoral process.


The April 26, 2015 election will be the fourth consecutive national election called on early bases, a supplementary proof of a democratic and viable electoral system.


The laws that are governing the presidential elections are governed by the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC).


The assessment process considered that Kazakhstan is a viable and fully committed party to all major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections and had continuously and full abiding by his international democratic regulations.


There have been no changes to the Election Law since the last elections held in 2011, and we have to mention that in 2011 the Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP had find that the law and regulation governing the electoral process in Kazakhstan are completely corresponding to international laws and regulation insuring a perfect electoral process.


The authorities Kazakhstan authorities underlined in all public statements their nation commitment to conduct elections in compliance with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.


The election will be administered by a complex and modern system of commissions, composed of Central Electoral Commission and including number of 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions for Astana`s and Almaty`s regions, 207 District Election Commissions, and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs).


The Central Electoral Commission composition and activity is fully independent and in perfect correspondence with international laws and regulations insuring the independence of electoral and monitoring process.


In the list of democratic provisions the Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP noted:

The fact that all citizens over 18 years of age have the right to vote, there is a nationwide electronic voter list to identify duplicate entries.

Presidential candidates are required to be citizens by birth, at least 40 years old, fluent in the state language, and officially resident in Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.


The same recommendation is made on this element as in 2011: The Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP considers necessary a general recommendation for all states to include such provisions in their electoral laws insuring a perfect national representations to the highest office of the land.


The Election Law guarantees the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate.

In the democratic landscape of Kazakhstan, the Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP noted the existence of a powerful independent media, with an impressive number of mass media entities operating in the country.


Also a full independent television network is offering a perfect dialogue and information source.


The Kazakhstan Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and prohibits censorship.


Keeping in mind that no elections can be considered as free and democratic without the presence of international observers the Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP decided to support Kazakhstan electoral process and democratic credential by monitoring and observing all stages of the 2015, 26 April Early Presidential Election in Kazakhstan.

 


The Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP has monitored the full electoral process, candidate registration, and the campaign, media, and Election Day procedures with an on-site mission between 22-29 April 2015.

 




Turkestan Election Committee 

 


III. ELECTION CLIMATE ANALYSES

 

A. FACT FINDING


Kazakhstan is a fully flagged democratic republic, respecting the equilibrium of powers and balanced distribution of constitutional powers. 


The president is acting in full respect of the democratic system and the country has a long tradition of political process in a democratic manner and with all the guarantees for an inclusive and democratic process.

 


The institutional system is offering a perfect balanced voice to parliamentary and representations system. 


The 26 April 2015 Early Presidential Election where convened in a perfect transparent and inclusive manner at the request of the highest representative and democratic institution in the country: Assembly of People of Kazakhstan. 


The decision was upheld fully constitutional and legal based by the Constitutional Council. 


The democratic initiative for an early presidential election was supported by the Kazakhstan Parliament and, on 25 February, the Kazakhstan President announced the election would be held on 26 April.


As we have mentioned previously the next election will be the fourth consecutive national election to be called early.


On 27 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan stressed the nation’s commitment to conduct a free and fair election in line with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.

 


The Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP considers that the electoral process is fundamental, in law provisions and spirit and in technical consideration perfectly administered, offering a perfect climate and an open and inclusive and in full fairness political discourse resulted in a perfect competitive electoral environment.

  


B. LEGAL FRAMEWORK

 


Regarding the previous respect to democratic commitments, the Republic of Kazakhstan has fully respected his international obligations regarding construction of a free electoral consultation.


We must note that: INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP has made an in-depth analysis of the electoral law and constitutional framework of the Republic of Kazakhstan during 2011 Kazakhstan Presidential elections.

 


The focus of this analysis where: the mass media law, the election law, the political laws and the Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan and had operated a surveillance of the measure taken by the Central Electoral Commission in order to insure a free and open election atmosphere.


The conclusion of the INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP monitoring commission was that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were taken by Government of Kazakhstan.

 


The European Union monitoring mission insured also the Election Day supervision, the supervision of counting and tabulation of elections results in a significant and representative number of sections and commissions.


The conclusions of the committee findings can be summon up as an endorsement of the law and constitutional provisions of Kazakhstan electoral system.

 

In the 26 April 2015 the same principles and laws are applying as in 2011 elections case.

 


The primary legal framework for presidential elections includes the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC). Other relevant laws include the Law on the President, the Law on Political Parties, the Civil Procedures Code, the Criminal Code, the Administrative Offences Code, the Law on Peaceful Assemblies, and various local regulations related to public assemblies. Kazakhstan is a party to major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections

 


The president is directly elected by popular vote in a two-round system.


To be elected in the first round of voting, a candidate must receive more than half of all votes cast.

 


If no candidate reaches the required majority, the two candidates receiving the most votes contest a second round within two months of the first round, in which the candidate who receives the higher number of votes is considered elected.

 


A 2007 constitutional amendment reduced the presidential term from seven to five years and exempted the first president – the incumbent President Nazarbayev – from the established limit of two consecutive terms.


In 2010, the first president was given the privileged legal status of Kazakhstan’s „Leader of the Nation” according to a parliamentary vote and respecting the constitutional framework, in a fully law abiding manner.

 

The incumbent president has been in office since 1991 and had a proven history of respecting the democratic rule of political process and respecting constitutional and legal boundaries.

 


C. ELECTION SUPERVISIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

 


The election will be administered by a four-layer system of election commissions.

The election administration comprises the CEC, 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions of Astana and Almaty (collectively referred to as TECs), 207 District Election Commissions (DECs), and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs) including some 65 polling stations abroad.


The Republic of Kazakhstan had acquiesce to the fallowing instrumental accords for up-holding democratic values: the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1979 Convention for Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 2003 Convention against Corruption, 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,, and the 2002 Convention on the Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights and Freedoms in the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

 


Kazakhstan is also a fully flagged member of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, a supplementary proof of the country definitive election of the democratic ways.


Membership and submission to all the previously noted agreements and treaty are creating a perfect election environment in accordance with international laws.

 


D. PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATE NOMINATION AND REGISTRY

 


The Constitution and electoral law are offering the climate for an inclusive and representative participation in the electoral race: the presidential candidate may be nominated through self-nomination or by a public association, including a political party.


All equally candidates are required to be citizens by birth, to have at least 40 years old, to be fluent in the Kazakh language (a condition to be observed by the Linguistic Commission, an independent body that should provide its conclusions to the Central Electoral Commission who will make the final decision on candidatures), and to be an officially resident of Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.


The nomination period that had ended on 15 March 2015 had permitted for three candidates to outline their candidature and obtain at least 93,000 valid signatures equally representing at least two-thirds of the regions as well as the cities of Astana and Almaty.


In addition they need to pay an election deposit of 1,060,000 Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT) and present tax declarations for themselves and their spouse.


The necessary prescriptions for barring from standing for office for persons related to crimes of found guilty of corruption-related crimes or administrative offences have being taken.

 


The language test consists of an examination of prospective candidates‟ reading, writing and speaking abilities.

 


Three candidates will run in the upcoming early presidential elections in Kazakhstan after law provisions: the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the challenger from the Communist People’s Party Turgun Syzdykov and self-nominee Abelgazi Kusainov, according to a report from the Central Election Commission.


The time for submission of applications for participation in the presidential election in Kazakhstan ended on March 15.


According to the CEC secretary Bakhyt Meldeshov, as of 2015, March 16, the CEC got 27 applications.


The CEC decided to refuse registration to Limana Koishiyeva, Kanat Turageldiyev, Zharylkap Kalybai and Khasen Kozha-Akhmet, who all successfully passed the Kazakh language but failed to provide all the law required documents.


The CEC also denied registration to six candidates for the presidency of Kazakhstan for failing to appear for the Kazakh language exam which is mandatory under the law): self-nominees Yakobzhan Dzhunisbekov, Kairat Maishev, Aigul Utepova, Kanat Yeszhanov, Amantai Kazhy and Birzhan Dilmagambetov.


Mels Yeleusizov, Zhaksybai Bazilbayev and Mukhamedrakhim Kursabayev withdrew their candidacies on their own, a move the CEC approved.

 


The registration of candidates came to an end on March 25.

 


As of 2015 March 26, three candidates have the right to proceed with the election campaigning: Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turgun Syzdykov and Abelgazi Kusainov.


Conclusion: Under the full scrutiny of the democratic process in Kazakhstan, The Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP considers that the period of registrations of candidature and the provisions of the law have being full respected and all the necessary procedural steps have being address insuring a perfect democratic character to the first phase of the election procedures.

 


Recommendation: The Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP considers that a higher number of signatures on the candidate’s signature list will be a beneficial addition offering a better selection of serious candidates.

 

 


E. CAMPAIGN AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

ANTI MONEY LAUNDRY PROVISIONS

 


The election campaign starts on 26 March, the day after the end of candidate registration, and lasts until 24 April, when the silence period starts.


The Election Law guarantees citizens and public associations the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate. Local authorities are mandated to provide space for the placement of campaign posters on an equal basis and candidates may also post materials on


To finance their campaign, the CEC informed that each candidate is entitled to receive a minimum of KZT seven million (some EUR35, 000) from the state budget. In addition, candidates are allowed to use their own funds and accept donations from citizens and organizations, as well as funds from the nominating body, up to a combined total of KZT 577 million.


Foreign and anonymous donations are prohibited.

 


Candidates are obliged to open dedicated bank accounts for these funds. The banks should notify the CEC if the spending limits are exceeded. Five days after the announcement of the election results, candidates are obliged to submit a report on their campaign finance to the election administration.


The CEC adopted a resolution on the campaign expenditures to be covered from the state budget. Each candidate is provided with funds for a fifteen minutes speech on TV, a ten-minute speech on the radio, as well as to publish two articles in printed newspapers.

 


According to the CEC the amount of funding provided to candidates for their election campaigning in the media was calculated based on the existing rates provided by the Committee for Communications, Computerization and Information of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan.


“Funds in the amount of 5,250,000 tenge ($28,237) are allocated to the candidates for a 15-minute speech.

For the 10-minute presentation of the program on the radio each candidate receives 200,000 tenge ($1,075). To publish two printed articles each candidate receives 810,000 tenge ($4,356). Candidates will also receive funds to rent premises for meetings with voters in the amount of 200,000 tenge and another 250,000 tenge ($1,345) to print out campaign materials. Each of the registered candidates will receive 300,000 tenge ($1,613) for travel expenses,” the CEC said.

 


Conclusions: The Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP stated that offering a full financial support and insuring transparency and strict supervision policies are all decisions destined to discouraging money laundry, political corruption and in offering a fare and equal based financial support for all candidates, a fundamental base of democratic elections.


The Election Law is the main legal source addressing candidate rights to campaign in the media, providing equal access to state-funded airtime and print space, as well as the right to purchase additional airtime and space. Each candidate is entitled to 15 minutes of free airtime on television, 10 minutes of free airtime on radio, and 2 free articles in newspapers. For paid advertisement, all media are obliged to provide the price list of paid advertisements to the CEC, no later than 10 days after the election is announced.

 

 


IV. FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON ELECTION OBSERVATION


One of the most important aspects in organizing internationally recognized and valid electoral process is the presence of international and internally accepted monitors.

 


According to Central Electoral Commission a number of 10.000 internal registered observers will by surveying the poll and number of 1.000 international monitors will also insure a country wide supervision of the electoral process.


The Kazakhstan Election Law provides for international and citizen observers, as well as authorized representatives of registered candidates. There is an accreditation procedure and observers are required to present a letter from their nominating organization and their identification documents to the election commission where they will observe the process.


We consider that the electoral system is offering the checks and balances necessary to insure a perfect democratic consultation.

 



Voting in Shymkent-26 April 2015

 

a. PRE-ELECTION PERIOD

 

The Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP consider that the pre-election period was marked by full transparency, honesty and a calm electoral climate conducive to an all inclusive electoral climate.


 

We consider that in the early presidential election (26 April 2015) pre-election campaign Kazakhstan has fulfilled all his legal obligation on holding open, free, and fair and equal opportunity driven elections.

 


The conclusion of the INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP Monitoring Committee is that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were fully taken by The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 


As a result on 20th April 2015 the Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP decided to deploy an election mission to follow the Election Day process countrywide, and to supervise the Election Day activities, including voting, counting, and tabulation of results.


We must also underline that: election commissions at all levels handled technical aspects of the election in a professional manner in the pre-election and election period.


Their sessions were openly and transparently monitored by observers and the media.




Controlling the election list

 

b. CONCLUSIONS ON ELECTION DAY AND ELECTIONS RESULTS

POLITICAL CONTEXT:

 

The political environment in Kazakhstan is characterized by the presence of strong political parties with national scale activities, with genuine pluralism and a vibrant political discourse.


NGOs operate in a permissive environment, and after 2015 reform bill that is providing supplementary funding for NGO`S, offering opportunities for personal and institutional development and improving the sphere of activity for all NGO`s bodies, in such a manner that they can fulfil their role in providing quality services for Kazakhstani citizens.


Kazakhstan is enjoying a system that is open and full of liberty and the reform on NGO`s field has allowed Kazakhstan to obtain high quality services from the area of civil society.



c. ELECTION DAY

Election Day was calm, with no obstacle in the voting process and open to all electors in a transparent manner and a turnout of almost 95 per cent was reported.


d. OPENING OF POLLING STATION AND VOTING

 

Opening procedures were assessed positively in most polling stations visited.

The voting was done in a normal manner, no signs of forced presence, mass presence or suspicious persons or any control of voters where not observed.


The lack of any coercion in electoral activities was clearly marked.


No electoral tourism or mass migration of electors from one electoral station to another was registered.


There where also some shortcomings as: voters who did not know how to act on electoral sections, the lack of proper instructions in the management of the electoral process were also registered in some cases.



Voting in Uzbek Minority zone-Sauran (Shymkent-South Kazakhstan region)

 

 

e. COUNTING


The international observers appreciated that the counting was done in an orderly, open and transparent manner, allowing for the viewing and registration of each vote; no staffing of urns was reported.

 

Some minor glitches where reported as: lack of information regarding the opening and manipulation of mobile urns, lack of clear procedures regarding annulled votes.

The overall climate of the counting process was an open and transparent one.



Opening the urns and counting the votes


  

f. TABULATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OF RESULTS

 

The tabulation process throughout the whole country was transparent in compliance with the Kazakhstan international assumed obligations of Copenhagen Document prescribing that the results will be: “counted and reported honestly” 

 


V. FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON ELECTORAL RESULTS OF KAZAKHSTAN EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ON 26 APRIL 2015


 

In the final conclusions of the observation and monitoring activities opened on the territory of Republic of Kazakhstan between 22-29 April 2015 the Election Monitoring Committee of INTERNATIONAL MONITORING GROUP decided:


 

The pre-election period and campaign was characterized by a free and open legislation, encompassing all the necessary legal and constitutional procedures granting any Kazakhstan society member the right to partake on the election, to present and promote his candidature and to have the opportunity to express his views and vote.


The campaign climate was peaceful, open with no pressures upon the voters, with anti-money laundry provision insuring an equal opportunity climate for all the candidates.

 


The Election Day activities where conducted in a transparent manner, without pressure or state authorities’ intervention in a manner conducive to allowing the free expression of the Kazakh people.

 


The Early Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan held on 26 April 2015 where assessed by “1026 representatives of foreign states, international organizations and foreign media,” according to Kazakhstan’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) .


Additionally a number of 10.000 internal observers where deployed at all polling stations in the country offering the necessary checks and balances for an democratic electoral process.


In conclusion we appreciate that the vote of 26 April 2015 has expressed in a democratic manner the views and the decision of Kazakhstan people and the electoral process was clearly transparent, open, all inclusive and genuine democratic in nature and organization.

 

 

  


ANNEXED DOCUMENTS

 

A. FINAL ELECTION RESULT ON PROVINCES OF KAZAKHSTAN

 

REPORT


On the results of early elections of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on April 26, 2015

 

April 26, 2015 held a special election of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The voter turnout was 95.22%.

On the basis of the protocols of oblast, Astana and Almaty election commissions on the results of the counting of votes at the extraordinary elections of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on April 26, 2015, the Central Election Commission It reports that voter lists for a single national constituency included 9,547,864 people, of whom took part in the vote 9,090,920 people, or 95.21 percent. Outside the polling voted 152,016 voters.

Candidates for the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan ran for 3 people.

In voting the candidates for President of the Republic of Kazakhstan gained the following number of votes: Akmola oblast:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 449 votes or 0.10 percent of voters who took part in voting;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 438,917 votes, or 98.42 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 6,600 votes or 1.48 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

In the Aktobe region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 1906 votes or 0.44 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 420,824 votes, or 97.60 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 8,450 votes or 1.96 percent of voters who participated in voting;

Almaty region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 1951 votes or 0.21 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 919,096 votes, or 98.94 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 7896 votes, or 0.85 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

The Atyrau region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 1,736 votes or 0.60 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 284,215 votes, or 98.22 per cent of voters who took voting;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 3406 votes or 1.18 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

On the East Kazakhstan region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 4,559 votes or 0.55 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 810,754 votes, or 98.37 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 8,875 votes or 1.08 percent of voters, who took part in the vote,

In Zhambyl region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 3,167 votes or 0.63 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 492,148 votes, or 97.90 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 7390 votes or 1.47 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

On the West Kazakhstan:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 2,741 votes or 0.71 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 378,819 votes, or 98.13 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 4,478 votes or 1, 16 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

In Karaganda region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 8,480 votes or 1.07 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 779 191 votes or 98, 30 per cent of voters who took part in voting;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 4,995 votes or 0.63 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

In Kostanai region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 5,050 votes or 0.97 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 507,806 votes or 97.55 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 7,704 votes or 1.48 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Kyzylorda oblast:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 3,465 votes or 0.90 percent of the vote, who took part in the vote;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 378,443 votes or 98.10 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 3864 votes, or 1.0 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Mangistau region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 707 votes or 0.24 percent of voters, who took part in the voting,

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 287,279 votes, or 97.54 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 6538 votes or 2.22 percent of voters who took participate in the vote;

In Pavlodar region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 3,060 votes or 0.70 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 429,994 votes, or 98.35 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 4153 votes or 0.95 percent of voters, who took part in the vote,

In the North-Kazakhstan region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 1878 votes or 0.51 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 362,068 votes or 98.33 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 4271 votes or 1.16 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

The South-Kazakhstan region:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 5242 votes or 0.43 percent of voters who participated voting;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 1207826 votes, or 98.40 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 14,361 votes or 1.17 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

In the city of Astana:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 1331 votes or 0.34 percent of voters, who took part in the voting,

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 385,715 votes, or 98.54 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 4384 votes or 1.12 percent of voters who took part in voting;

In Almaty:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 11,996 votes or 1.48 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 750,155 votes, or 92.55 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 48391 votes or 5.97 percent of voters, who took part in the vote,

In the Republic of Kazakhstan:

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich - 57,718 votes or 0.64 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

Nursultan Nazarbayev - 8,833,250 votes, or 97.75 percent of the vote who took part in the vote;

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich - 145,756 votes or 1.61 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

In accordance with Article 65 of the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 28 September 1995 "On elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan" is considered to be elected President of the Republic Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, born 1940, Kazakh, and member of the party "Nur Otan", the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, lives in Astana.

 

 

 

Source: Central Election Commission

of the Republic of Kazakhstan

 

 


B. FINAL ELECTION RESULTS ON THE COUNTRY LEVEL

 


Candidate Party Votes %

Nursultan Nazarbayev Nur Otan 8,833,250 97.75

Turgun Syzdykov Communist People's Party 145,756 1.61

Abelgazi Kusainov Independent 57,718 0.64

Invalid/blank votes 54,196 –

Total 9,090,920 100

Registered voters/turnout 9,547,864 95.21

Source: CEC



 

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EUROPEAN ACADEMICIAN EXPRESS VIEWS ON KAZAKHSTAN EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION-2015

Posted by kazakhstan-elections on May 4, 2015 at 4:25 AM

 I have the pleasure of seeing the people of Kazakhstan taken their future in their hands and voting for their future development, for practical solutions, for experience to weather out the economic storm that is rummaging the world declares Professor Dr. Anton Caragea PhD, EDA. 



Supervising the elections in any country in the world is a momentous and difficult task and not to be taken lightly.


You have to observe the present, but with responsibility for the future and impartiality in your heart.




Professor Dr. Anton Caragea supervising election in Kazakhstan-26 April 2015


If you are supervising elections in Kazakhstan, the heart of Central Asia, the task is doubled in significance, as Kazakhstan has become an example in the world.


 

Kazakhstan has carved himself in the centre of international politics, the host of international meetings destined to bring peace and dialogue in the world, the place where technology and tradition meets and the mediator between developed and developing countries, a place where East and West can build a bridge for dialogue.


Observing elections in such a key country it is an honourable and full of seriousness assignment.


For all this reasons, the invitation offered to me, on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, to observe the elections in the country, as an international observer, was a very challenging one, but nothing has prepared me for the phenomenon I was about to witness.


In Kazakhstan, on 26 of April 2015 I was witnessing the maturity exam of a people.


Born only in 1991, on the ruins of former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan was a young nation, a country only developing his democratic institutions and credentials.


After the early presidential elections held on 26 April 2015, we can safely conclude that this stage was phased out.


With a record presence at poll, of over 95%, people of Kazakhstan proved, without a shadow of a doubt, their commitment to free and fair elections, to build and uphold a democratic society.


While other nations are struggling to bring their electors to the urns and millions of voters disappointed by corruption and state inefficiency are feeling disenfranchised, in developing Kazakhstan millions of electors proved that democracy is not just an empty word to find in the political text books, but a living reality.


I have the pleasure of seeing the people of Kazakhstan taken their future in their hands and voting for their future development, for practical solutions, for experience to weather out the economic storm that is rummaging the world.


The elections in Kazakhstan where not just a democratic exercise, but they where the proof that the peoples power really exist and if the citizens are feeling involved in the economic, social and cultural life of their country, if the state is not failing them and provides the social benefits expected the people will respond partaking in the electoral process.


In the economic and political failed states of the world we can see the reduction of election attendance, the disinterest of the citizens and the broken down of the social contract that Rousseau and French revolutionaries had considered as the fundamentals of the state.



Professor Dr. Anton Caragea meets the international press in Almaty, unveiling the election monitoring mission results


 

Kazakhstan state is honouring his social contract with his citizens and the response is this huge electoral participation.

95% electoral attendance can be a mystery in states where citizens are isolated and oppressed, but this is a reality in a functional nation.

In Kazakhstan, the 2015 elections where a national plebiscite in which the people decided above anything else their future.

I have observed this reality as hundreds of thousand of peoples turn out to vote accompanied by children’s and small infants, as they realized that it is not so much a vote for next few years, but a vote for future, for peace, for continuous democratic development and economic achievements.

Kazakhstan’s 2015 elections where undoubtedly democratic in nature, where fair and crystal clear transparent and where offering a few refreshing news for everybody.

On the fore is the news that democracy can be a real practice, can involve a nation that is educated and convinced of his role in history.

At the same time it was proven the fact that: governments and peoples are not confrontational actors on political arena, but they can cooperate to build a powerful country.

26 of April 2015 early presidential elections of Kazakhstan where the irrefutable proof of this self evident truth: that democracy can only work when all the people are involved.

PRESIDENT NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV CONGRATULATED BY LEADERS OF BOSNIA, GERMANY, RUSSIA

Posted by kazakhstan-elections on May 4, 2015 at 4:25 AM

Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev receives letters and telegrams of congratulation on the election victory from all over the world, the press service of the Akorda informs.

Thus, President of Hungary Janos Ader noted in his letter that Kazakhstan was a strategic partner of Hungary in the Central Asian region.

 

"I am glad that our cooperation in the political, economic, cultural and educational spheres has become even stronger over the recent years. We will continue to work hard to ensure deepening and strengthening of our cooperation," the letter from Janos Ader reads.

 

Chairmen of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladen Ivanic wrote that was a result of the trust of the people of Kazakhstan in him.

 

Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany H. Keller expressed his confidence that Kazakhstan led by N. Nazarbayev would continue its success in all spheres including economic and democratic reforms.

 

"You contributed a lot to development of the Kazakh-German relations over the last 20 years. Kazakhstan has become the most important partner for Germany in the region," Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder wrote in his telegram to the President.

 

Deputy of the State Duma of Russia Iosif Kobzon also sent a letter to N. Nazarbayev.

 

"I do not doubt for a moment the choice of the people of Kazakhstan. I have known you for several decades already and never stopped admiring your wisdom and professionalism," I. Kobzon said.

 

He also wished the President of Kazakhstan strong health and success in his work.

 

World boxing champion G. Golovkin also congratulated the President.

 

"Spending a lot of time in foreign countries I see people having a great respect for our country. Together with millions of fellow countrymen I voted for stability, prosperity and national ideals of our country. Being in the USA and preparing for my next fight I cast my vote for you," G. Golovkin said in his letter.

 

Opera singer M. Mudryak noted that she was very confident about the victory of the President at the past election.

 

"You helped me to become what I am now. Everything I have is thanks to you and your support," she wrote.

LEADERS OF RUSSIA, BELARUS AND GOLF COUNTRIES CONGRATULATE PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV ON FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

Posted by kazakhstan-elections on May 4, 2015 at 4:20 AM

Leaders of a number of foreign states have congratulated Nursultan Nazarbayev on his convincing victory in the presidential elections of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the press service of Akorda informs.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin congratulated Nursultan Nazarbayev on his victory in the early presidential elections of Kazakhstan.

 

The two leaders also exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral issues and the forthcoming meeting in Moscow

devoted to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.

 

The conversation was initiated by the Russian side.

 

President Nursultan Nazarbayev also had a telephone conversation with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.

 

Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated Nursultan Nazarbayev on his victory in the presidential elections.

 

The conversation was initiated by the Belarusian side.

 

In addition, President Nursultan Nazarbayev had a voice contract with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

 

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has congratulated the Head of State with a convincing victory in the presidential elections and expressed confidence in the successful implementation of large-scale reforms aimed at progress and prosperity of Kazakhstan.

 

The sides discussed measures to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian spheres.

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan exchanged views on key aspects of regional and international agenda.

 

INTERNATIONAL MONITORING MISSIONS STARTS OPERATING IN KAZAKHSTAN

Posted by kazakhstan-elections on April 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Kazakhstan is preparing to hold early elections on 26 of April 2015, with three contenders competing for the country top post: incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the challenger from the Communist People’s Party- Turgun Syzdykov and self-nominee Abelgazi Kusainov.


 

In the preparation of the 2015 election, the country top watch dog-Central Electoral Commission announced that more than 1.000 international observers will be accredited to monitor the elections and more than 10.000 national observers will also control the polling process.

 


The European Council on International Relations had decided to monitor the electoral process developed in Kazakhstan, on the occasion of April 26, 2015 snap presidential election.

 

 



Kazakhstan 2011 Election where hailed as a perfect example by the international community

 


On 20th of April 2015, the preliminary, pre-election report on monitoring the legislative framework and the preparation for the elections, to be held in Kazakhstan, where read open by the team of experts from European Council on International Relations.


 

The report outlines the fact that: „The Election Monitoring Committee of European Council on International Relations considers that the period of registrations of candidature and the provisions of the law have being full respected and all the necessary procedural steps have being address insuring a perfect democratic character to the first phase of the election procedures.”

 


After analyzing the constitutional prescription, the laws, the Central and Local Electoral Committee management and prerogatives, the funding operating system , the publicity and equal promotion framework the report remarks: „The conclusion of the European Council on International Relations monitoring Committee is that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were fully taken by The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”

 


The conclusions of the group of experts comprised of parliamentarians lead by Senators Marcel Dumitru Bujor, Ionel Agrigoroaei, Constantin Popa, academicians lead by Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu and electoral experts team lead by Mr. Gheorghe Cealfa where received by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on International Relations.

 


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea accepted the findings of the report and agreed with his recommendation: that a team of experts and parliamentarians from European Council on International Relations will follow the Election Day process countrywide, and will supervise the Election Day activities, including voting, counting, and tabulation of results in the Republic of Kazakhstan presidential elections.

 


Based on this report Professor Dr. Anton Caragea accepted to lead a monitoring mission for Kazakhstan Presidential Election. ″We are not accepting such a monitoring mission, if we don’t have the confidence that the organizing state is committed in respecting fundamental values and democratic process″,

 


Kazakhstan has fully responded by respecting his democratic commitments and the highest standard of electoral competitions and we hope hat the 26 April-Election Day will be another proof of the democratic standards upholded by Kazakhstan. We will be there to monitor on the site evolutions, stated Professor Anton Caragea, EUCIR President.

KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS GETS A SPECIAL INFORMATION WEBSITE

Posted by kazakhstan-elections on April 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Europe is determined to promote the values of fairness, open society, free and fair elections and democratic developments by using the example of countries with a positive track record on democratic evolutions like Kazakhstan.


 

To this aim it was published a new version of the website: DEMOCRATIC KAZAKHSTAN. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2015.

 


In 2011, with the support of European organizations and European Council on International Relations, a first version of the site was dedicated to the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2011, in support of democratic development of Kazakhstan.

 


The informational site is destined to offer to political analysis, experts, electoral experts a valid insight in the democratic process taking hold in Kazakhstan.

 


In this moment no real and trust wordy organization is involved in presenting the valid analysis on the strong democratic process created by Kazakhstan and the information available is on the junk category, considers on a rightful base the Kazakh News Agency-inform.kz.

 


This lack of serious information’s must be addressed with new and perfect directed info.

 


The http://kazakhstan-elections.webs.com/apps/blog/ accumulates several services including: international ad national news, discussion, videos and related information’s.

Also a special social service page on Facebook was created to insure an easy acces to the inofrmation for younger generation interested in social pages: 2https://www.facebook.com/pages/26-April-2015-Kazakhstan-Presidential-Election/947358591971369" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">6 APRIL 2015-EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN KAZAKHSTAN. 

 


On April 20, 2015 the website will unveil the first international pre-election monitoring report on Kazakhstan Presidential Elections 2015 and the website will also offer to the readers a final report and analysis on Kazakhstan Presidential Election 2015.

INCUMBENT NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV PROPOSED AN ALL ENCOMPASSING REFORM PROGRAM TO KEEP KAZAKHSTAN ON TOP 50 WORLD ECONOMY

Posted by kazakhstan-elections on April 16, 2015 at 5:05 PM

In outlining of his presidential candidature for April 2015, 26 Kazakhstan incumbent, Nursultan Nazarbayev outlined 5 conditions for constitutional reform involving redistribution of power in Kazakhstan.


“Gradually, a constitutional reform must be carried out, providing for the redistribution of power from the President to the Parliament and the Government,” – he said at XVI Congress of the Party “Nur Otan”.



With free and open election looming, the Leader of Kazakhstan-President Nursultan Nazarbayev pledges to continue the program for country development.


“First, we need to continue liberalization.


To do that we need to expand the reporting practices of government agencies. To do this the local mayors should announce the results of their work through the Internet twice a year.


Second, to ensure the transparency of decisions for all to see, nothing to hide. Through the mechanism of an open government, the citizens must be actively involved in decision-making at all levels of government agencies, especially in the regions.

The law on access to public information which should be developed and adopted will be the ground for this”.


Fifth condition is to ensure the widespread introduction of self-regulation in society: “It is therefore necessary to reduce gradually the scope of responsibility of state agencies, delegating the powers related to provision of socially important public services to the institutions of civil society when they are ready”, – concluded the President.


On social agenda President Nursultan Nazarbayev promised that the economic social scheme that made Kazakhstan a buoyant economic country, with low unemployment and low poverty will continue.



President of Kazakhstan ask for his people trust to continue the country development. The elections of 26 April 2015 will decide where to go for Kazakhstan.   


The economic results achieved since independence will be safe guarded and also the level of pensions and social benefit will continue to grow.


This despite worries arises from the international economic crisis: “Currently, the situation is complicated in the world. The collapse of prices at the world market of energy and metals sharply increased the economic risks, decreased revenues to our budget on the main indicators of sales of oil and gas, metals. All states, not only we do experience the geopolitical and economic challenges. The new economic policy “Nurly Zol” has become our response to the economic challenges. This program has already started working. We will continue to keep pensions and social benefits at the same level “, – said the Head of State at the XVI Congress of the Party Nur Otan.


President Nursultan Nazarbayev has a lot of reasons to be proud of his economic track record that transformed Kazakhstan in a major economic powerhouse.


During the years of independence, he recalled, Kazakhstan has come a long way. “If to compare with other countries, our country has entered the top 50 most competitive countries of the world. We have done it together. Gross Domestic Product grew by 20 times. Last year it amounted to 13 thousand dollars per capita. Today we are working to achieve the main goal – implementation of the “Strategy 2050″ and our desire to be among 30 most developed countries.


Over the past 4 years all the objectives have been achieved. The first five-year plan of innovation and industrial program has completed. Kazakhstan started the social modernization. Since 2010, people’s income increased by 43%,”- said Nazarbayev.


The economic plans for future development of Kazakhstan are put on the waiting list until 26 April 2015 presidential elections that incumbent Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev is poised to win.


The elections will be monitored by over 1.000 elections monitors and the pre-elections report lauded the country for an exemplary election process.

 

KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: THREE CANDIDATES AND KAZAKHSTAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS STATES: INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS ARE WELCOMED

Posted by kazakhstan-elections on April 16, 2015 at 4:55 AM

Kazakhstan is heading to the poll in highly watched elections that is hoped to consolidate the country status as a fully flagged democracy, with a long track record of free and fair electoral caucuses.


But the main topic of the election is the continuing of development policies that made Kazakhstan a beacon of economic development in the region and a pole of stability in a turmoiled part of the world.


Three candidates will run in the upcoming early presidential elections in Kazakhstan: the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the challenger from the Communist People’s Party Turgun Syzdykov and self-nominee Abelgazi Kusainov reports Kazakhstan Central Election Commission (CEC).



Kazakhstan Central Election Commission (CEC) is the center of all attention in the preparation of Kazkahstan Early Presidential Elections 2015, 26 April.


The time for submission of applications for participation in the presidential election in Kazakhstan ended on March 15, 2015. According to the CEC secretary Bakhyt Meldeshov, as of March 16, the CEC got 27 applications.


The CEC decided to deny final registration to Limana Koishiyeva, Kanat Turageldiyev, Zharylkap Kalybai and Khasen Kozha-Akhmet, who all successfully passed the Kazakh language exam – knowledge of the state language is one of the requirements to become a presidential candidate – and received signature lists, but failed to provide all the necessary documents.


The CEC denied registration to six candidates for the presidency of Kazakhstan for failing to appear for the Kazakh language exam: self-nominees Yakobzhan Dzhunisbekov, Kairat Maishev, Aigul Utepova, Kanat Yeszhanov, Amantai kazhy and Birzhan Dilmagambetov.


Mels Yeleusizov, Zhaksybai Bazilbayev and Mukhamedrakhim Kursabayev withdrew their candidacies on their own, a move the CEC subsequently approved.


The registration of candidates came to an end on March 25. Thus, on March 26, three candidates have the right to proceed with the election campaigning: Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turgun Syzdykov and Abelgazi Kusainov.


The CEC adopted a resolution on the campaign expenditures to be covered from the state budget. Each candidate is provided with funds for a fifteen minutes speech on TV, a ten-minute speech on the radio, as well as to publish two articles in printed newspapers.


The early presidential election in Kazakhstan will be held on 26 April 2015.


Kazakhstan intends to cooperate with international observers within the framework of the upcoming presidential elections in a constructive way and reckons upon their unbiased assessment of the outcome of the elections, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Erlan Idrissov said to the international press.


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mr. Erlan Idrissov looks determined to up-hold the Kazakhstan reputation as a democratic country.

  


Kazakhstan has a long history of elections that received a clean bill of health by democratic community and considered as democratic and fully complying with a climate of openness and fairness.


The Kazakhstan Central Electoral Commission had accredited more than 1.000 international elections monitors in the country to monitor the electoral process in all his phases.

 

KAZAKH PRESIDENT NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV IS THE MAIN CHALLENGER OF APRIL 26 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

Posted by kazakhstan-elections on April 16, 2015 at 4:45 AM

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his candidature for the highest office in the land.


This decision come after a long process of ample consultation and citizen mobilization in the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan.


The large national consensus in continuing the policies destined to make Kazakhstan one of the 30 leading world economy had find the political expression in the general desire to see President Nursultan Nazarbayev as candidate to his one succession.


In the accepting speech for a new candidature the incumbent Kazakh President stated: “My decree on holding election on April 26 was a response to the initiative of the people…I want to thank those who put forward such an initiative. We are facing new and very serious issues. Based on our success, we have to move forward, that is why I came here and speak to you. I agree with you about my nomination with just one purpose, to set new aims,” Nazarbayev said, speaking at the meeting of the Nur Otan Governamental Party.


The early presidential election was proposed by the https://centruldiplomatic.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/peoples-assembly-of-kazakhstan-a-democratic-model-of-universal-value/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">People’s Assembly of Kazakhstan.

Major political parties, including the ruling party Nur Otan, the Democratic Party of Kazakhstan Ak Zhol and Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan supported the initiative for a renewed popular consultation.


The constituents of the national parliament – Senate(Upper Chamber) and Majilis(Lower Chamber) – requested President Nursultan Nazarbayev to call an early presidential election to verify the people mandate validity.


The country’s top watchdog- The Constitutional Council has not found legislative restrictions for setting the date of an early election by the president and give the green light to the start of the elections process.


President Nazarbayev after a large political consultation decided to scheduled the early presidential election for April 26.


According to the electoral law of 2011, still in force, the Kazakh president is elected by the citizens of age of the republic on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot for a term of five years, according to the Constitution of Kazakhstan.


The candidate must be a Kazakh citizen by birth not younger than 40 years old, fluent in the state language and who has lived in Kazakhstan for the recent 15 years may be elected president of Kazakhstan.


Last presidential elections were held in Kazakhstan, in 2011 and were considered by the international community as a good example of democratic process and fulfilling the internationally accepted norms for elections.


Kazakhstan has a long history of elections hailed as democratic and fully complying with a climate of openness and fairness.


Already the Central Electoral Commission had give open door policy for the presence of over 1.000 international elections observers in the country to monitor the electoral process in all his phases.


This is making Kazakhstan 2015 presidential elections an example of openness and trust wordiness hailed by international community.