ASTANA. KAZINFORM - The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights opened an election observation mission in Kazakhstan to monitor the early presidential elections scheduled to be held on April 26, 2015.
As the press service head of the mission Cornelia Jonker informed that the delegation of the Bureau arrived in Kazakhstan at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. The mission consists of 12 experts working in Astana and 30 long-term observers, who are expected to be work countrywide starting March 31.
ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Kazakhstan intends to cooperate with international observers within the framework of the upcoming presidential elections in a constructive way and reckons upon their unbiased assessment of the outcome of the elections, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Erlan Idrissov said at the meeting with the Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission Cornelia Jonker in Astana on Thursday.
Minister Idrissov briefed Ms. Jonker on the work done by the ministry on preparations for the early presidential elections. He noted that Kazakhstan intends to hold transparent and fair elections in accordance with the norms of national legislation and high international standards and is interested in constructive cooperation with international observers.
ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Three candidates running for the Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan will kick off their campaigns on March 26.
Recall that the Central Election Commission registered three presidential candidates - Nursultan Nazarbayev nominated by the Nur Otan Party, Turgun Syzdykov nominated by the Communist People's Party and self-nominated candidate Abelgazy Kussainov.
They all successfully passed the state language proficiency exam and collected certain amount of signatures of voters necessary to be eligible to run for the Office of the President.
Following consultations with the leaders of the Senate, the Mazhilis of the Parliament, Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced that early presidential elections will be held on 26 April 2015. Most political parties, as well as 18 nation-wide public associations, have voiced their support for this decision.