Voter turnout at Kazakh presidential election exceeds 19% in 3 hours
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 26
The turnout during the first three hours of voting at Kazakhstan's snap presidential election stood at 19.17 percent, said Lyazzat Suleimen, the member of the country's central election commission, RIA Novosti reported Apr. 26.
"According to the data received from the election commissions, voters are actively casting their votes," she said, adding that as of 10:00 (UTC/GMT +6 hours), ballots were received by 19.17 percent of the total voters.
Three candidates are taking part in the election: Nazarbayev, who has been the country's president since 1989, Turgun Syzdykov, the secretary of the central committee of the Communist People's Party, and Abelgazi Kusainov, the chairman of the Trade Unions Federation.
The voting will take place from 07:00 to 20:00 (UTC/GMT +6 hours). In the country's four western regions - the West Kazakhstan, Atyrau, Aktobe and Mangystau regions - the polling stations will be closed an hour later due to the time difference.