Nearly 90% voter turnout at Kazakhstan’s presidential elections

Apr 26. Tengrinews

Nearly 90% voter turnout at Kazakhstan’s presidential electionsReporting by Assel Satayeva and Aidana Ussupove, writing by Tatyana Kuzmina

Nearly 90 percent of voters have cast their ballots in the presidential elections in Kazakhstan today, April 26, Tengrinews reports.

“According to the reports of polling stations 89.69 of all the voters from the voters’ lists had claimed their ballots by 6 p.m.,” Marat Sarsembayev, a member of the Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan told the journalists.

The 6 p.m. voter turnout region-wise was as follows:

Akmola Oblast – 94.81%

Aktobe Oblast – 85.05%

Almaty Oblast – 91.17 %

Atyrau Oblast – 92.96%

Eastern-Kazakhstan Oblast – 93.55%

Zhambyl Oblast – 92.97%

Western-Kazakhstan Oblast – 90.16%

Karaganda Oblast – 91.12%

Kyzylorda Oblast – 93.68%

Kostanai Oblast – 91.27%

Mangistau Oblast – 88.45%

Pavlodar Oblast – 90.23%

Northern-Kazakhstan Oblast – 93.86%

Southern-Kazakhstan Oblast – 93.55%

Astana – 88.29%

Almaty – 73.17%

Over 10 thousand Kazakhstanis voted abroad as of 5 p.m., according to Kairat Sarzhanov, Director of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s Administration and Control Department.

“65 polling stations set up in Kazakhstan’s representative offices abroad have 20,822 on their voters’ lists. As of 5 p.m. 10,861 Kazakhstanis – over 52% – had voted,” Sarzhanov said.

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Nazarbayev intends to create reform commission

Apr 26. Trend

Kazakhstan’s incumbent president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, told reporters after voting at the country’s snap presidential election, that his first decision, in the event of his victory in the election, will be to create a commission to implement five institutional reforms, RIA Novosti reported Apr. 26.

Nazarbayev’s election platform is based on a proposal to conduct five institutional reforms, designed “to prevent the global crisis’s negative impact on state-building, to maintain the development rates, to create conditions for a new leap and to continue to move towards joining the 30 most developed countries of the world.”

“If Kazakhs will once again trust me, the first decision will be to create a commission to implement the five institutional reforms… It will have five subgroups,” said Nazarbayev.

He noted that the said reforms will cover various spheres of life in Kazakhstan; their content was discussed in details during his election campaign.

Nazarbayev also said the implementation of these reforms will be “the second phase of the country’s development.”

He went on to note that the current snap election is “a very important historic event,” adding that the voters “have the choice to choose their future, to assess the authorities’ work.”

“Including my own work,” Nazarbayev added.

He also expressed hope that Kazakhs “will vote for stability of the state, for their and their children’s future.”

Three candidates are taking part in the election: Nazarbayev, who has been the country’s president since 1989, Turgun Syzdykov, the secretary of the central committee of the Communist People’s Party, and Abelgazi Kusainov, the chairman of the Trade Unions Federation.

The voting will take place from 07:00 to 20:00 (UTC/GMT +6 hours).

In the country’s four western regions – the West Kazakhstan, Atyrau, Aktobe and Mangystau regions – the polling stations will be closed an hour later due to the time difference.