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Kazakhstan's ruling party gains 82.15% of the vote at parliamentary elections

March 21, 9:03 UTC+3
The Communist Party gained 7.14% of the vote, the Ak Zhol party - 7.18%, Birlik - 0.29%, the National Social-Democratic Party - 1.18%, Auyl - two percent
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ASTANA, March 21. /TASS/. Kazakhstan's ruling party Nur Otan receives support of 82.15% of the vote at the parliamentary elections on Sunday, head of the country's Central Elections Commission Kuandyk Turgankulov said on Monday.

The preliminary data from the Central Elections Commission is the Communist Party gained 7.14% of the vote, the Ak Zhol party - 7.18%, Birlik - 0.29%, the National Social-Democratic Party - 1.18%, Auyl - two percent.

The elections to the lower house of the parliament took place on Sunday, March 20. The Central Elections Commission reports the turnout at 9,840 polling stations in the country and 65 abroad was record - 77.1%.

Exit polls

According to the exit polls conducted by three polling agencies at Sunday’s elections, three parties have good chances to win seats in the lower house of Kazakhstan’s parliament.

Thus, according to the Democracy Institute association, Nur Otan (Light of the Fatherland) is winning 82% of the vote, Kazakhstan’s Communist People’s Party is winning 7.17%, and the Democratic Party Ak Zhol (Bright Path) is winning 7.22%

According to the exit poll conducted by the Public Opinion Research Institute, Nur Otan is winning 82.15% of the vote, Kazakhstan’s Communist People’s Party is winning 7.15%, and the Democratic Party Ak Zhol is winning 7.17%

According to the exit poll conducted by the Media Consul polling agency at the request from the public association Club of Editors-in-Chief, Nur Otan is winning 81.95% of the vote, Kazakhstan’s Communist People’s Party is winning 7.22%, and the Democratic Party Ak Zhol is winning 7.24%

Among those parties that are failing to surpass the seven-percent threshold are the Party Birlik (Unity) (0.35% of the vote according to the Democracy Institute association, 0.31% according to the Public Opinion Research Institute, and 0.39% according to the Media Consul polling agency), the Nationwide Social Democratic Party (1.21%, 1.19%, 1.2%, respectively), and the People’s Patriotic Party Auyl (Village) (2.05%, 2.03% and 2.0%, respectively).

According to preliminary data of the Central Election Commission, the voter turnout at the parliamentary polls was 77.1%

Under Kazakhstan’s law, elections will be recognized as valid regardless of the voter turnout.

The total number of registered candidates from all parties is 234 people, including 187 men (79,9%) and 47 women (20,1%). The average age of the candidates is 52 years, and the youngest candidate is 26 years old.

The candidates compete for 98 seats in Majlis (lower parliament house). In accordance with the country’s legislation, nine more parliamentarians will be elected on March 21 at the extraordinary session of the People’s Assembly of Kazakhstan.

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