Expert: Introducing mayoral elections in Kazakhstan means country’s political modernization
Kazakhstan, Astana, Dec. 25 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
Introducing mayoral elections in Kazakhstan means that the country begins the political modernization, Kazakh political analyst Yerlan Karin said.
"Of course, the mayoral elections are a serious action demonstrating the seriousness of the political modernization," Karin said in an interview with Kazakh edition Liter.
He recalled that Kazakh people will elect 2,533 mayors in 2013, of which 50 akims - urban. In total, this amounts to about 92 percent of the total number of mayors.
"But the introduction of mayoral elections is not an end," he said. "This is just one of the initiatives of the president's large-scale strategy. The matter rests not only in the implementation of some individual actions, but in changing the state system for new problems on the basis of an integrated and systematic approach."
He drew attention to the fact that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's message to the Kazakh people, which was made on the eve of Independence Day, is called as the new policy. "First, this means new political principles and approaches. Therefore, the president spoke of the need to increase the participation of citizens in state governance and continuation of the society democratization course."