Candidates for Kazakh presidential election announced

Mar 26. Tengrinews

Reporting by Assemgul Kassenova, writing by Dinara Urazova, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina

Candidates for Kazakh presidential election announcedThree 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, a Tengrinews correspondent reports 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 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 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 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.

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.

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

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Kazakhstan to cooperate with international observers in a constructive way – Idrissov


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 at the meeting with the Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission Cornelia Jonker in Astana on Thursday.

Minister Idrissov briefed Ms. Jonker on the work done by the ministry on preparations for the early presidential elections. He noted that Kazakhstan intends to hold transparent and fair elections in accordance with the norms of national legislation and high international standards and is interested in constructive cooperation with international observers.

“Observance of the elections is an important instrument of promoting democracy and human rights. Kazakhstan sets a stress on the quality of the process of observance which largely depends on the composition of the election observation mission,” Minister Idrissov noted.

Kazakhstan and the OSCE have rich history of cooperation including Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in 2010, holding of the OSCE Summit in Astana and adoption of the Astana Declaration, Kazinform has learnt from the Kazakh MFA’s press service.

Mr. Idrissov expressed confidence that the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan will ensure high organizational level of the upcoming elections taking into account recommendations previously made by the OSCE and other relevant international organizations.

Ms. Jonker, in turn, noted the readiness of the mission for unbiased and objective election monitoring.