Kazakhstan: Fmr President Nazarbayev votes in snap presidential election in Nursultan

Residents of Kazakhstan went to the polling stations in Nur-Sultan to cast their votes in the presidential election on Sunday. Former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev came to polling station number 58 to cast his vote. He talked to locals on his way to the ballot box. Residents of Kazakhstan chose between seven registered candidates with the incumbent President Kassym-Jormat... Еще Tokayev in the list. The newly elected president will serve for five years and is elected via a two round system, with two the top two candidates going into a runoff election should no one achieve an outright majority in the first round. According to the Central Electoral Commission of Kazakhstan, the turn-out was nearly 35.1 percent at 15:00 local time (9:00 GMT). Election observers from the Commonwealth of Independent States were on hand at the polling station, while observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have also been invited to monitor the elections by the Kazakh Foreign Ministry. «The technology of the election process including the administration work and ballet boxes meet all world standards,» said an observer, Mikhail Gusman. «I think we will not face any incidents or violations. Everything will be under the law,» said another, Nikas Safronov. The OSCE has in the past criticised elections in the country as neither free or fair and has said that they have demonstrated incidences of ballot tampering, intimidation, harassment and other issues. Nazarbayev stepped down on March 19 after almost 30 years in power and was replaced by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev who could have waited to hold elections in April 2020, when his term would have expired, but instead called early elections in April in the interests of political stability.
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