Kazakh Zhanaozen ready for parliamentary elections
azakhstan, Astana, Jan.13 / Trend, L. Podolyak /
Zhanaozen city of Kazakh Mangistau region is ready for the parliamentary elections, Chairman of the Kazakh Central Election Commission Kuandyk Turganuklov said at a meeting with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's Observer mission on Friday.
"At present, Zhanaozen is almost ready for MPs elections to the Majilis (lower chamber of Kazakh parliament). There are all necessary documentation, polling stations are fully technically equipped, local executive bodies submitted lists of voters to polling stations," Turgankulov said.
According to Turganuklov, Zhanaozen commandant's office and the Election Commission ensure presence of international and local observers, as well as media representatives, in places, if they have accreditation without restrictions.
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.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev vetoed the Constitutional Council's decision on impossibility of holding elections in Zhanaozen in Mangistau region on Jan.10. On Jan.11, Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council (CC) supported the veto of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Thus, Zhanaozen residents equally with all Kazakh citizens will take part in the early elections to the Majilis of the Parliament on Jan.15.