Kazakhstan’s parliamentary elections: Nur Otan party wins landslide victory with over 82% of the vote

Kazakhstan’s ruling party Nur Otan (Light of Fatherland) led by President Nursultan Nazarbayev has won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections for the Lower Chamber held on Sunday.

According to the preliminary results announced on Monday by the head of the country’s Central Election Commission, Kuandyk Turgankulov, 82.15% of the vote went to the presidential party.

„This preference reflects the high approval rating of Nur Otan’s chairman, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, based on his long-standing performance, with confidence that Nazarbayev is the leader who can steer Kazakhstan through the current global and regional crises,”an assessement of an independent international observer mission shows, presented in a press conference on Monday by its authors, namely Daniel Allen Witt, Vladimir Socor and Richard William Weitz.

„We assess the parliamentary elections just held as fully and unequivocally successful, another positive step toward building permanent democratic institutions in Kazakhstan,”the report of the three independent observers also shows.

According to the assessment presented to the media, „these elections have produced a new parliament with authority to enact reforms that would enhance the performance of Kazakhstan’s public administration, strengthen rule of law and promote government accountability and transparency”.

The preliminary data from the Central Election Commission shows that the Communist Party gained 7.14% of the vote, the Ak Zhol party – 7.18%, Birlik – 0.29%, the National Social-Democratic Party – 1.18%, Auyl – two percent.

According to preliminary data of the Central Election Commission, the voter turnout at 9,840 polling stations in the country and 65 abroad was a record one, namely 77.1% (two percent higher that the turnout for the 2012 parliamentary elections).

The final results of the elections shall be announced by the Central Election Commission not later than 26 March 2016, Kuandyk Turgankulov said.

According to President Nazarbayev, the high voter turnout has become a kind of historical record for the country.

“Nur Otan has won over 82% of the vote, it is also a record for our country. We have showed to the whole world that the voting process was held in a competitive environment with the participation of observers from more than 60 countries,” said the Head of State.


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