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21 November 2022, 17:00

CIS observers: Kazakhstan presidential election was free and fair

MINSK, 21 November (BelTA) – The final press briefing of the CIS election observation mission that monitored the extraordinary presidential election in the Republic of Kazakhstan was held in Astana, BelTA learned from the mission's headquarters.

The mission started to monitor the electoral campaign on 27 October. The mission had 174 accredited observers, including chairs and members of the central election commissions of the CIS countries, deputies of national parliaments, and representatives of the diplomatic corps.

Head of the CIS election observation mission Sergei Lebedev noted that the necessary conditions for the work of international observers had been created in Kazakhstan. “The observation mission of the Commonwealth of Independent States comes to the conclusion that the election on 20 November 2022 was held in accordance with the Constitution and the Constitutional Act of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The election was competitive, transparent, fair, open and consistent with the principles of democratic elections. The election was held in a way that enabled the citizens of Kazakhstan to freely express their will,” he stressed.

The CIS observers inspected more than 1,000 polling stations. They also visited polling stations outside Kazakhstan that were opened at diplomatic and consular institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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