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11 January 2021, 18:14

CIS observation mission hails Kazakhstan's parliamentary elections as transparent, fair

Photo courtesy of RIA Novosti
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MINSK, 11 January (BelTA) – The final press conference of the CIS observation mission for the elections to the Mazhilis of Kazakhstan's parliament took place in Nur Sultan on 11 January, BelTA learned from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.

On the election day, on 10 January, representatives of the mission observed the processes of voting and vote counting in 13 out of 14 regions of the country, the cities of Nur Sultan, Almaty, and Shymkent as well as at polling stations abroad: in Baku, Berlin, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Yerevan, Minsk, Moscow, and Saint Petersburg, Head of the CIS observation mission Viktor Bondarev said. He also spoke about measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, that were taken at the polling stations.

According to the CIS observers, the voting went smoothly. The members of the mission were present during the vote counting and noted that the procedure complied with the law. “The observation mission believes that election commissions of all levels with the support of the government authorities made sure that the elections were held to a high standard,” Viktor Bondarev stressed.

According to the CIS observation mission, the elections to the Mazhilis of Kazakhstan's parliament were multi-party, transparent, fair, and competitive; met the universally accepted principles of democratic elections; complied with the Constitution and the constitutional law “On the elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan”; and ensured free expression of citizens' will.

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