Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 6 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
Voting at parliamentary elections will not be held in Kazakh Zhanaozen, where the state of emergency was declared after mass riots on Dec. 16, Kazinform quotes Constitutional Council Chairman Igor Rogov as saying.
"Elections cannot be held during the state of emergency," Rogov told journalists after the Constitutional Council's meeting.
Since May 2011 the Mangistau region has repeatedly experienced strikes by oil companies' employees demanding higher wages. A court found the protest action illegal and the firms dismissed thousands of workers for striking and absenteeism.
Mass riots hit the Kazakh oil town of Zhanaozen on Dec.16 killing 16 and injuring more than 100 people. Buildings and cars were burned and property of individuals and legal bodies destroyed. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared a state of emergency in Zhanaozen until Jan.31.
Parliamentary election in Kazakhstan are scheduled for Jan.15.