TurkPA: Political experience is successfully transferred to younger generation in Kazakhstan

Politics Materials 7 April 2011 19:47 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, April 7 /Trend, A.Maratov/

In Kazakhstan, the political experience is transferred from the older to the younger generation, which was witnessed by all observed monitoring the voting process, said the head of the TurkPA observation mission Aydin Mirzazade.

"The fact that in Kazakhstan elder came to the poll stations with their grandsons is raising the new generation's respect for the law, is the transfer of political experience. I would call it a development of respect for the law by the younger generation," Mirzazade, MP from Azerbaijan, told Trend.

Kazakhstan held snap presidential elections on last Sunday.

According to the Kazakh Central Election Commission, incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev received 95.55 percent of the votes. The other three candidates finished as follows: Zhambyl Ahmatbekov - 1.4 percent of votes, Mels Eliusizov - 1.2 percent, and Gani Kasimov -1.94 percent.

Totally 1,059 observers accredited in the country, as well as over 250 foreign journalists monitored the elections.

Delegations from TurkPA, CIS and the SCO recognized the elections as legitimate and corresponding with international standards. PACE mission recorded some technical shortages, not affecting the outcome of the elections.

Observers from OSCE/ODIHR noted good technical preparation of the electoral process, however, revealed numerous violations, including the non-competitive environment because of the absence of opposition candidates and intense political discourse. There was a lack of analytical materials in the media that according to observers, has reduced the ability of voters to make informed choices. Also, there were some procedural violations by representatives of the CEC.