TURKPA observers assess Kazakhstan presidential elections legitimate


Murat Zhakeyev

TURKPA observers assess Kazakhstan presidential elections legitimateThe observers of the Turkic-speaking Countries Parliamentary Assembly (TURKPA) say the elections in Kazakhstan fully meet the democratic standards. Head of the TURKPA Observers’ Mission, Deputy of Azerbaijan Parliament Aidyn Mirzazade has said it at a briefing today.

“The electoral process was calm and all stages of the electoral process were quite positive. The work of the Central Election Commission was transparent”, A. Mirzazade noted.

According to him, the international observers take into consideration that some technical shortages occur during all modern elections independently on a country.

“In whole we assess the presidential elections in Kazakhstan as legitimate and meeting all international democratic standards”, A. Mirzazade stressed.


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Russia’s observes see no violations at Kazakhstan’s election

April 3. Itar-Tass. ASTANA

A group of international observers of Russia’s Central Elections Commission has not fixed any violations over the early presidential election in Kazakhstan, Deputy Head of Russia’s Central Elections Commission and the head of the group Stanislav Vavilov said on Sunday.

The observers had all necessary conditions for their work, he said.

“We did not meet any limitations,” he continued. “Even location for the observes at voting stations were made so that they could watch all election actions.”

Vavilov stressed that the youth participated actively in the election. It made about a third of all voters, and most of them came to the stations in the very morning. Kazakhstan’s voting starts an hour earlier, than in Russia – at 7 am.

The head of the group appreciated qualification of local election commissions.

“It is evident they have been trained very well.”

The only advice to the local authorities Vavilov could make was regarding members of local election commissions, where seven people are not enough to provide smooth voting of 3,000 and more, like it happens at some stations.

“At those stations, the commission members are under excessive pressure,” he explained.

He commented on the active participation in the voting, saying “nobody was made to come.” All members of the 30 observers’ group confirmed it. As of Sunday, they visited over a hundred stations in Astana, Alma-Ata and other regions, including villages.

“Everywhere the election was smooth and benevolent,” he said.

On Sunday evening, observers of Russia’s Central Elections Commission will exchange views with the CIS mission of observers, he said.


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SCO Observers’ Mission says Kazakhstan presidential elections were free and transparent


Gulnara Zhandagulova

The elections of the President of Kazakhstan held on April 3, 2011 were free and transparent. Head of the Observers’ Mission of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Muratbek Imanaliyev considers so. 

“The Mission considers that the presidential elections of Kazakhstan were free and open, meeting all requirements of the national legislation and international election standards”, M. Imanaliyev said.

According to him, the Mission members had arrived to the voting stations an hour before they started working and they could observe the course of preparation of the ballots and boxes. In whole, the observers visited 31 voting stations in Astana, Almaty and Karaganda.


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Latvian observers positive on Apr 3 presidential elections in Kazakhstan


Zhanna Korkitova

The observers from Latvia say that the presidential elections in Kazakhstan were legitimate. Deputy of Latvia’s Saeima Ivan Klementjev mad it public at a briefing in Astana today.

Yesterday I. Klementjev visited several voting stations in Astana and Karaganda cities.

“I think the elections were legitimate and fair. The Republic of Kazakhstan has made its choice, right choice. I wish you success”, the Latvian representative said.

I. Klementjev pointed high voter turnout within the presidential elections. “Half of voters in Karaganda city had arrived to the voting stations by 11:00 a.m. That is a good indicator”, he added.


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Presidential elections results reflect Kazakhstanis’ will indeed – Head of PACE Observation Mission Y. Lyovochkina


Zhann Korkitova

The results of April 3, 2011 elections reflect the Kazakhstanis’ will indeed. A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has made such statement in Astana at a briefing today.

“The members of the delegation agree that, despite some technical shortages which inevitably occur during the elections in any country, the results of voting reflect the Kazakhstanis’ will indeed”, Head of PACE Observation Mission Yulia Lyovochkina said.

“PACE has observed the elections in Kazakhstan several times and sees progress”, she noted.

The representatives of PACE are concerned over the calls to boycott the elections by some political forces. “Therefore Kazakhstan needs a stronger opposition and PACE is ready to assist in further development of political culture in Kazakhstan”, U. Lyovochkina added.

In whole, she said she was quite satisfied with the organization of the elections. “The authorities responsible for the elections organization have done good work and have demonstrated high level of professionalism. The voting stations were well equipped and the atmosphere of the electoral process was calm. Voter turnout was high which proves the people’s trust in elections”, Y. Lyovochkina resumed.


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Presidential elections in Kazakhstan were flawless – Swiss delegation


Murat Zhakeyev

The international observers’ delegation from Switzerland that took part in monitoring the presidential elections in Kazakhstan noted that the elections were held flawlessly.

The members of the delegation said it at the press briefing in Astana.

“I did not see any violations, everything was fair, perfect and flawless. There were no deviations from the Law. While talking with the voters we saw that many of them were aware of the election campaigns of all candidates. There was no criticism,” Director of the Swiss Institute for Democracy and Communication Peter Staub said.

As he noted, he was impressed with the fact that the people of Kazakhstan willingly went to the voting stations and voted for their candidate. “In Switzerland, we more willingly vote for the amendments to the Constitution, but the voter turnout is not so high,” P. Staub noted.