Voting in elections to be held in Kazakh Zhanaozen (UPDATE)
Details added (the first version was posted at 09:16)
Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan.10 / Trend, L. Podolyak /
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev vetoed the Constitutional Council's decision on impossibility of holding elections in Zhanaozen in Mangistau region on Tuesday.
The Head of State disagreed with the Kazakh Constitutional Council's decision dated Jan.6, which envisages the impossibility of holding the elections of deputies of the Majilis of the Kazakh Parliament and Maslikhats in Zhanaozen in Mangistau region, Akorda reported.
President Nazarbayev signed a decree to dissolve the Majilis and scheduled the early elections for Jan.15, 2012.
"Disagreeing with the Court's decision, the Kazakh President took into account Zhanaozen residents' concerns over the fact that the Constitutional Council's decision limits their voting rights stipulated by the country's Constitution and laws," the report says.
Thus, according to the report, the only goal of the President's decision is ensuring Zhanaozen residents' constitutional rights to elect and be elected to the state and local self-government authorities.
Mass riots hit the Kazakh oil town of Zhanaozen in the Mangistau region on Dec.16 killing 16 and injuring more than 100 people. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared a state of emergency in Zhanaozen until Jan.31.