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ASTANA, January 15 (Itar-Tass) — The elections, now in progress in Kazakhstan, is a great examination for the republic, said here on Sunday head of state Nursultan Nazarbayev.
“A very great political event is going on. This is a great examination for us. More than 1,000 observers from all over the world are working in our country this Sunday,” the president said. He emphasized that “all necessary things have been done for open and honest elections”.
Nazarbayev expressed confidence that Kazakh citizens “will make their choice, as always, for the country’s stability and calm”.
“I’m sure that Kazakh citizens will make a correct choice for their future, for our development, and free life of our common homeland, multi-national people of our country,” the president concluded.
The head of state voted at a polling station in the National Library, located in direct proximity to his residence. Along with the president, his daughter Dariga also voted there; she runs for the parliament in the list of the Nur Otan Party. The president’s son-in-law and ex-head of the fund of National Well-Being “Samruk-Kazyna" Timur Kulibayev followed suit.
Seven parties participate in the ahead-of-time elections in Kazakhstan. According to changes made in legislation, from now on, at least two parties are to be represented in the lower house of the legislature.
The elections to local bodies of self-government are held simultaneously in the republic.