Elections May be Fixed in Kazakhstan: Leader of Opposition

Politics Materials 16 August 2007 17:15 (UTC +04:00)
Elections May be Fixed in   Kazakhstan: Leader of Opposition

Каzakhstan, Astana / Trend corr.A.Gasimova / Alihan Baymanov, the leader of the Ak Jol Party, which is the main rival of the governmental Nur-Otan Party of Kazakhstan, considers that the elections to the Majilis (Parliament of Kazakhstan) may be fixed. The MP is requesting that elections be held two years earlier than is required by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in order to resolve any parliamentary issues; the MP is also proposing that a President elected by the people may serve as many terms as he wishes. "There is no guarantee that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be fair," Baymanov noted.

Baymanov noted that the executive powers create difficulties during pre-election campaigns and that they will interfere in the ballot counting process.

"Our observers are prepared for any unexpected situations," Baymanov said.

The main struggle during elections will be observed between the Popular Democratic Party of Nur-Otan, which is headed by the President of the Republic, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and one or two opposition parties and the Ak-Jol party.

Earlier Nazarbayev aimed to take 80-90% of the newly-formed Parliament.

The supervisors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have not recognized elections in Kazakhstan as corresponding to democratic standards.