Kazakh President refuses from official pre-election campaign activities
Kazakhstan, Astana, March 1 / Trend A. Maratov /
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, running for another presidential term, will not hold official pre-election campaign activities, Nazarbayev himself said in an interview with the country's media outlets, the text of which was published in the press on Tuesday.
"I will not hold pre-election campaign activities. My pre-election program is a message to the Kazakh people "Let's build the future together" and the speech at the congress of Nur Otan Party," Nazarbayev said.
The President also said that do everything necessary will be done in order to hold fair, open and transparent elections.
Nazarbayev said that the idea of holding snap elections is an act of respect for the Constitution and democratic principles.
"You know the story of this issue well. On the one hand, I could not ignore the opinion of the majority of the country's voters, supporting public initiative to hold a referendum. On the other - I could not create a precedent that would be set the wrong guidelines for future generations of politicians," he said. "The decision had to be taken in the light of these circumstances. I think that in this situation the decision to hold the elections turned out to be the golden mean," the President concluded.
Snap presidential elections in Kazakhstan will be held on April 3, 2011.