Preliminary election results: Nazarbayev leads with 97.7%

Apr 27. Tengrinews

Reporting by Aidana Ussupova, writing by Gyuzel Kamalova, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina

Preliminary election results: Nazarbayev leads with 97.7%Nursultan Nazarbayev has gathered 97.7% votes according to the preliminary data from the Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan, Tenrgienws reports.

“According to the preliminary information from the polling stations, 0.7% of voters across the country voted for Abelgazy Kussainov, 97.7% for Nursultan Nazarbayev and 1.6% for Turgun Syzdykov. We are updating the data as we are getting the information from the 14 Oblasts and Astana and Almaty cities of national significance. The law allocates two days for this procedure. In accordance with the Election Law, the Central Election Commission has to announce the final results for early Presidential Elections (…) no later than 7 days after the election date, which in this case means no later than May 3, 2015,” Kuandyk Turgankulov of the Commission said.

95.22% of Kazakhstanis voted on April 26. The Chairmen of the CEC Turgankulov noted that Astana boasted 97.18% voter turnout (against the previously reported 94.51%) after all the polling stations located abroad and related to the capital completely their work.

“We have already noted that for the first time in the history of the Independent Kazakhstan, voters have showcased such a strong public stance and political will in support of the country’s development,” Turgankulov said.

On April 26, Kazakhstanis were able to vote at the early Presidential elections from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at their designed voting stations. At 9 p.m., the Central Election Commission announced the official closure of the election wards across Kazakhstan.

According to exit polls, Nazarbayev gained 97% of votes, Kussainov got 0.63% and Syzdykov earned 1.87% of votes from Kazakhstanis.

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Nazarbayev promises making Kazakhstan one of 30 most developed countries

Apr 27. Tengrinews

By Dinara Urazova

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev promised to work with renewed vigor and make Kazakhstan one of the 30 most developed countries in the world in his speech at the ceremony of announcing the results of the exit polls that point to his overwhelming victory, aTengrinews correspondent reports citing the press service of Akorda.

The President drew attention to the historical significance of this election. He thanked Kazakhstanis and said that there were all the prerequisites for our country to successfully achieve its ambitious goals. “We have qualified personnel, sufficient financial resources, political stability, unity and friendship of the people. We will carry out the tasks set in the industrialization program Nurly Zhol, we will make sure Kazakhstan joins the 30 most developed countries of the world, improving the life of Kazakhstanis,” Nazarbayev said.

The President stressed that the citizens of the country once again supported the ongoing work: “Without such public confidence, it would have been hard to accomplish all the goals we set. The record high turnout in the election demonstrates the unity of Kazakhstani people, their desire to live in a stable country and their support to programs that I offered. All this behooves working with renewed vigor for the future and prosperity of our country.”

Nazarbayev expressed his gratitude to all the people of Kazakhstan. “I am grateful to every citizen, every family for the trust given to me during the development of the country’s independence, including the support in this election as well. The idea of holding early presidential election belonged to the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan. This decision was supported by Kazakhstanis. I want to thank Nur Otan party for nominating me. I am also grateful to the national public headquarters. Its representatives have traveled all over the country, met with people to explain the national policies. I express my gratitude to all my agents and activists,” he said.

He also said that the elections were held in compliance with the law. “Foreign observers and journalists came to our country to observe. Kazakhstan demonstrated to the international community its high political culture and democracy, thereby raising its standing before the whole world to another level,” Nazarbaeyv said.

According to exit polls, the incumbent president gained 97.5% of the vote in the presidential election in Kazakhstan. 1.87% of voters chose the candidate of the Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan Turgun Syzdykov and 0.63% voted for the head of the Federation of Trade Unions Abelgazi Kusainov.

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Kazakh president announces cost of resumption of oil production at Kashagan

April 27. Trend

By Elena Kosolapova

It will cost over $2 billion to resume oil production at Kazakh Kashagan oil field, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Apr. 27 at a press conference in Astana, Novosti-Kazakhstan news agency reported.

Kazakhstan hopes to resume oil production at Kashagan field in late 2015, or in 2016, the he said.

The president noted that the companies developing the field, including Kazakh National Oil and Gas Company KazMunaiGas, are working on this issue.

Nazarbayev said that the revenues from Kashagan oil will help to implement the planning programs in Kazakhstan.

Kashagan is a large oil and gas field in Kazakhstan, located in the north of the Caspian Sea. The geological reserves of Kashagan are estimated at 4.8 billion metric tons of oil. The total oil reserves amount to 38 billion barrels, some 10 billion out of them are recoverable reserves. There are large natural gas reserves at the Kashagan field – over one trillion cubic meters.

The production at the Kashagan field started Sept. 2013, but in October, it was ceased after a gas leak in one of the main pipelines. The analysis revealed numerous cracks in the pipeline, which needed to be completely replaced. The replacement was said to take at least two years.

The project participants are KMG Kashagan BV, AGIP Caspian Sea BV, CNPC Kazakhstan BV, Exxon Mobil Kazakhstan Inc., INPEX North Caspian Sea Ltd., Shell Kazakhstan Development BV, Total E&P Kazakhstan.