Kazakhstan Presidential Elections Factsheet
Following consultations with the leaders of the Senate, the Mazhilis of the Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced that the early presidential election will be held on 26 April 2015. Most political parties, as well as 18 nation-wide public associations, have voiced their support for this decision.
Timetable of the election
26 February – 15 March: Nomination of candidates
26 March – 24 April: Pre-election campaign of candidates
25 April Day of silence, when no campaigning is allowed
26 April 7 am – 26 April 8 pm: Voting takes place
Not later than 3 May: Results are announced
(Source - Central Election Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan)
Kazakhstan’s electoral system
The 1995 Law on Elections has been amended and supplemented several times to make elections more fair and free, with the latest change introduced in July 2014.
In 2009, Kazakhstan also adopted further legislation on mass media, elections, political parties, and local government to align Kazakhstan’s laws with OSCE standards. The legislative changes were drafted in close cooperation with NGOs, political parties and OSCE institutions.
(Source: Central Election Commission and Government of Kazakhstan)
International observers have been invited to monitor the 2015 Presidential elections. They will observe the opening of polling stations, voting, counting of ballots, and the tabulation of results.
Observers will closely monitor campaign activities, the legislative framework and its implementation, the media situation, the work of the election administration and relevant state bodies, as well as the resolution of election disputes.
As in previous election observations, statements of preliminary findings and conclusions will be issued on the day after the election, and reports on the observation of the entire electoral process will be issued after the end of the observation missions.
Observers from OSCE/ODIHR, CIS, SCO, OIC, and other international organizations are invited and have already begun deploying their long-term observation missions.
International and domestic observers are registered in line with Kazakhstan’s legislation.