Kazakhstan allocates $31 mln for presidential elections
The Kazakhstan government has allocated from the state reserve 7 706 bln KZT (about $31 mln) for the upcoming presidential elections, Kazakhstan Today reports.
The chairman of the Central Election Commission Kuandyk Turganov informed about organization and holding of the presidential elections at the CEC session on Monday.
"The funds required for the elections have increased by 1 bln 697 mln KZT as compared to 2005. It has been due to the increase of expenditures to finance the election commissions activities," he added.
Presidential elections due to pass on 3, April. Some 22 presidential candidates were nominated by the evening on February 20.
Three political parties nominated their candidates, namely Nur Otan - incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan - Zhambyl Akhmetbekov, the Kazakh Party of Patriots - Gani Kasymov and the republican people's patriotic movement Zheltoksan (December) - Kurmangazy Rakhmetov. Other candidates are self-nominees.
The registration of presidential candidates continues and will end on March 2. Apart from passing the Kazakh language exam for official registration a presidential candidate is to deposit about 800,000 tenges (about 5,000 dollars) to the CEC account and to file an income and property declaration in the tax service.
Number of reliable signatures should be around 91,000, equally representing minimum 9 out of 14 regions, as well as the cities of Astana and Almaty. Pre-election campaign will last from March 3 to April .