Kazakhstan to discuss bill on snap presidential elections
Kazakhstan, Astana, Feb. 1 / Trend A.Maratov /
Kazakh MP Rakhmet Mukushev introduced the bill "On Amendments to Constitutional Laws of the Kazakhstan Republic" at a parliamentary plenary session this week. The bill allows for the holding of snap presidential elections in Kazakhstan.
"The bill amends the constitutional laws on elections and the president, and include the possibility of holding snap presidential elections," Mukushev said.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev decided on Monday not to hold a referendum to extend his presidential term until 2020 and offered to hold snap elections this year, thereby reducing his term by two years.
Under the bill submitted to parliament for consideration, the snap elections will be held upon the president's decision within two months after their scheduling, Mukushev said.
The elections will be carried out in the same manner as ordinary. The dates of election activities are determined by the Central Election Commission.
"The amendments to the law on the president state that a president elected in snap elections must take an oath within one month from the date of the publishing of the election results," he said.
It is expected that the amendments to the Constitution will be discussed at a joint parliamentary session on Feb. 2.