10,223 ballot boxes set up for elections in the country were opened at 07:00 local time.
In the country with a total population of more than 19 million, 12 million 32 thousand 550 registered voters vote to elect deputies who will represent them in the lower house of Parliament and local assemblies for 5 years.
In the elections, which will be recorded as the “8th parliamentary and local council elections in the history of independence”, the mixed-member proportional representation system is applied again after 19 years.
With this system, 69 deputies will represent political parties and 29 deputies will represent the regions that will have a single deputy in the Kazakhstan Assembly, which will consist of 98 seats in total.
7 political parties and 525 independent candidates are in the race
7 political parties registered in the country and 525 independent candidates are competing in the elections, which aim to bring new names to the country’s politics with the entry of independent candidates into the parliament as well as political parties.
Today, deputies of local councils (Maslihat) in 17 provinces and 3 metropolitan cities are also elected.
Kazakhstan citizens currently living abroad cast their votes at the ballot boxes set up in the country’s foreign representative offices in 62 countries.
In the country, where voting will end at 20:00 local time, the final results of the elections are expected to be announced within 10 days.
About 800 foreign observers will follow the early parliamentary and local council elections in Kazakhstan. These include various international institutions such as OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Organization of Turkic States (TDT), Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic States (TÜRKPA), Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). taking.
On January 19, the President of Kazakhstan, Kasım Cömert Tokayev, signed the decree on dissolving the Assembly and holding early elections.