Constituencies opened at 7 p.m. local time (3 pm Lithuanian time) and will close at 8 pm. local time (4 pm Lithuanian). Elections are taking place in more than 10 thousand. neighborhoods in Kazakhstan and abroad.
Preliminary results of the parliamentary elections are expected to be announced on Monday.
More than 18.8 million over 12.3 million people in a country with a population of ballot papers.
Five of the 107 out of 107 seats are competing in the proportional system: the ruling Nur Otan (Homeland Light), the Kazakh People’s Party, Ak Zol (Light Road), Adal (Honesty) and Auyl ”(“ Village ”).
Nine more deputies will be elected by the Kazakh People’s Assembly on Monday.
To enter parliament, a party must collect at least 7 percent. votes. If only one party manages to overcome this barrier, the party that ranks second in the election will automatically enter parliament, regardless of how many votes it has won.
The Central Electoral Commission accredited nearly 400 international observers representing foreign states and international organizations (including the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization).
The elections are taking place during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To prevent the spread of the infection, the government banned people from entering polling stations without masks and taking children there. In addition, it is recommended to keep a social distance, avoid handshakes, and advise the use of personal pens.
Police arrested several dozen people in an election boycott in Almaty’s Republic Square on Sunday, a correspondent for the Interfax news agency reported.
The detainees, who are probably members of the Oyan, Qazaqstan! Movement, have tried to reach a major group of rallies surrounded by Special Rapid Reaction Force fighters.
The protest was staged by the emerging Kazakh Democratic Party, led by Zhanbolat Mamay, and the Oyan, Qazaqstan! Movement. Dozens of people are chanting “Boycott!”.
The square and entrances to it are blocked.
There are no alternatives
President Kassim-Jomart Tokayev, 67, who was brought to power in early 2019 by his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, has promised gradual political reforms in this authoritarian Central Asian state.
However, 80-year-old Nazarbayev, who has served as head of state for nearly three decades, has retained important positions, including Nur Otan, which controls the lower house and claims to have 800,000. members, the post of chairman.
This party should secure a strong majority in the lower house of parliament during the election. The other four parties participating in the elections are considered to be their representatives.
The only party calling itself an opposition, the National Social Democratic Party (NSDP), withdrew from the election campaign in November, saying it was protesting against the rigged system.
This former Soviet republic has never held elections that Western observers would have called free or fair.
The majority of residents in the capital, Nur Sultan, who were interviewed by an AFP correspondent, said they had no plans to vote, either because of the extreme cold or because there were no real alternatives to Nur Otan.
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