Kazakh political parties start campaigning as elections kick off

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh political parties left for races at 6 p.m. on December 10 to work on their pre-election campaigns. The campaign period will last until midnight sharp on January 9.

First meeting of the Nur Otan party on the pre-election campaigns. Photo credit: Nur Otan party press service.

Nur Otan, the ruling party in Kazakhstan, met on December 10 at its first meeting to discuss its pre-election campaign. The party is planning more than 300 events in 35 cities and 82 districts. The campaign is expected to reach at least nine million Kazakh citizens, the party’s press service reported.

On the same day, the Ak Zhol (White Way) Democratic Party launched its campaign in the Nur-Sultan auto repair plant, the party’s press service reported. Ak Zhol chairman and deputy candidate Azat Peruashev spoke to workers about measures that can help support businesses. He discussed ideas for exempting companies in free economic zones from paying taxes for 10 years and the possibility of returning 50 percent of investments to companies working for more than five years.

Adal Party representative Laura Malikova met Aktau citizens, public figures and entrepreneurs on December 11 to hear their ideas and issues. The citizens asked the party to pay attention to the ecological situation, to the problems of water management, as well as to open and protect new tourist destinations in the Mangystau region.

Before the start of the pre-election campaign period, the Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) clarified the procedures for conducting the pre-election campaign and updated information on the accreditation of observers from international organizations for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan during of the committee meeting on December 10. Meet.

According to CEC member Anastasia Shchegortsova, parties can conduct their campaigns through mass media, public pre-election events, personal meetings of candidates and their representatives with voters, as well as the publication and distribution of documents. print, audiovisual and other campaign campaigns.

Media platforms must, however, publish and submit to the CEC the amount of payment, conditions, procedures for placing campaign material. As of December 10, the CEC had received 216 such submissions and posted them on its website.

During the campaign period, political parties and candidates can organize and lead rallies, processions, demonstrations and other pre-election events. They must notify the CEC 10 days before such an event.

Local executive bodies and relevant election commissions will determine the locations of campaign materials for all candidates and equip them with stands, billboards and pedestals.

Kazakh election standards only allow experienced legal persons to conduct an opinion poll with prior notification to the CEC. However, they cannot share survey results via the Internet to avoid manipulation of the results. To date, seven legal entities have already submitted notifications to the CEC.

The CEC has accredited 62 observers from three international organizations and five foreign states since the opening of the Institute for International Election Observation on October 22.

As of December 10, the CEC had accredited 24 long-term observers from the Election Observation Mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) .

The CEC also adopted a resolution to organize pre-election televised debates on December 30.

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