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Turnout in Kazakh parliamentary election hits 51.98% four hours before end of voting — CEC

Kazakh voters are choosing from all the seven officially registered political parties

ASTANA, March 19. /TASS/. The turnout at the elections to Kazakhstan’s Majilis (lower house of parliament) and maslikhats (local representational bodies) reached 51.98% by 4 p.m. local time (1 p.m. Moscow time) on Sunday, a member of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Asylbek Smagulov told a briefing.

"As of 4 p.m. ballots were received by 51.98% of the total number of voters enlisted," he said.

The voting, which is held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time (from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Moscow time), is deemed to be effected with any turnout.

The total number of voters in the country is 12,032,550, of which 6,254,837 have already cast votes.

Kazakh voters are choosing from all the seven political parties officially registered in Kazakhstan: the largest party of Amanat, Auyl People's Democratic Patriotic Party, Respublica, People's Party of Kazakhstan, Green Party ‘Baytaq’, Aq Jol Democratic Party, and Nationwide Social Democratic Party.