Kazakhstan to hold first presidential election in 30 years: Diplomat
NurSultan Kazakhstan will hold snap presidential election on June 9, intending to ease the uncertainty that has dominated the political environment since longtime President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation last March.
The upcoming election is considered as the most important because it is the first presidential poll in 30 years in Kazakhstan. It is also expected to be the most competitive and diverse in Kazakhstan’s history as an independent nation, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Saudi Arabia Mr. Berik Aryn, who is also the permanent representative of his country to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said in a statement Monday.
The Central Election Commission announced that seven candidates have so far been registered. The list includes the first female presidential candidate, Daniya Yespayeva from the Ak Zhol party, the statement said.
It would be a fair assessment to say that our wider region is heavily maledominated when it comes to politics. However, over many years, Kazakhstan has taken concrete steps to improve gender equality and to promote women’s role in business and politics. We are now witnessing the fruits of this labor. In addition to Ms. Yespayeva, the Senate Chairwoman, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Education and Science are also female, as are approximately a quarter of the members of Parliament in Kazakhstan, Ambassador Aryn noted.
He went on to say that another aspect of the election, which experts have focused on, is the competitiveness and fairness of the process. This is understandable, as according to some organizations and analysts, our region as a whole is still developing the necessary democratic institutions and mechanisms to ensure completely fair and open elections.
Nevertheless, I believe Kazakhstan is once again demonstrating that it is going beyond the general expectations and foregone conclusions. As is well known, President KassymJomart Tokayev promised that the election will be transparent and to the highest expected standards, the Kazakh diplomat said.
The country can already offer concrete examples of the sincerity of this pledge. For example, presidential candidate Amirzhan Kossanov has been in opposition to the government for around two decades. He, and all the other candidates are now openly campaigning in the hope of securing people’s votes.
Kazakhstan has always welcomed observers and their constructive feedback during previous elections, and this time more than 1,000 international observers from ten international organizations, as well as foreign countries are expected to be in Kazakhstan for the election. Our government has officially invited the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and numerous other organizations. Their missions are now deploying across the country, the statement reads.
The upcoming vote is not just important to Kazakhstan, but to our neighbors and partners all over the world. As is known, Kazakhstan has been actively participating in global affairs, including, most recently, the resolution of the Syrian conflict, Aryn asserted.
From an economic perspective, our government has also been vigorously improving Kazakhstan’s investment climate, making us the number one investment destination in the region, he added.
The results of the presidential election will be officially confirmed by June 16. Active work will then begin to continue to develop close ties between Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia. We have every reason to be confident about the future and the cooperation between our countries the statement concluded.
Source: International Islamic News Agency