Turnout at elections in Kazakhstan makes 17.57% as of 10 a.m.
As of 10 a.m., the turnout at the parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan made 17.57%, representative of the Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan Lyazzat Suleimen informed, according to Kazinform.
Here is the information about the turnout in terms of the cities and regions: Akmola region - 20.89%, Aktobe region - 14.31%, Almaty region - 23.22%, Atyrau region - 11.88%, East Kazakhstan region - 24.31%, Zhambyl region - 19.3%, West Kazakhstan - 10.75%, Karaganda region - 18.78%, Kostanay region - 24.85%, Kyzylorda region - 19.83%, Mangystau region - 15.23%, Pavlodar region - 18.97%, North Kazakhstan region - 23.85%, South Kazakhstan region - 12.86%.
"In terms of the cities, 20.65% of the people voted in Astana and 6.94% voted in Almaty," L. Suleimen told.
The voting will be held from 07:00 through 20:00 (UTC/GMT +6 hours).
More than 9,800 polling stations have been created across the country for the elections.
Aside from that, 65 polling stations have been created at the country's diplomatic missions abroad.
As many as 234 candidates from the following six parties are running for the parliament: the ruling party Nur Otan (127 candidates), Ak Zhol (35 candidates), Aul (19 candidates), the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan (22 candidates), the Nationwide Social Democratic Party (23 candidates) and the Birlik Party (eight candidates).
A total of 98 MPs are to be elected from these parties. Nine more MPs are to be elected from Kazakhstan's Assembly of People during a voting at the Assembly on March 21.
As many as 10,825 candidates are running for seats in the maslikhats. On average, three candidates are running for one maslikhat member mandate.
A total of 955 observers from other countries and international organizations, and foreign media representatives will work in Kazakhstan during the elections.