Day of silence announced in Kazakhstan before presidential election

Day of silence announced in Kazakhstan before presidential election
23:07 24 Aprel 2015
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.25
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:

A day of silence has been announced in Kazakhstan before the presidential election to be held Apr.26.

Under the electoral law, it is banned to hold any form of pre-election campaign from 00:00 (UTC/GMT +6 hours) Apr.25.

The voting will be held from 07:00 to 20:00.

Kazakhstan’s incumbent president, Nursultan Nazarbayev nominated by the ruling Nur Otan Party, the secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist People's Party, Turgun Syzdykov nominated from this party and self-nominated candidate - the chairman of the Trade Unions Federation, Abelgazi Kusainov - are running for the president’s position.

Over a half of more than 17.4 million people living in Kazakhstan has the right to vote. The number of the ballots prepared for the early presidential election in Kazakhstan exceeds 9.6 million. Moreover, the number of ballots includes the reserve of one percent of the total number of those included in the list of voters.

Each voter personally votes in the presidential election. The voting right transfer and voting instead of other voters in the election are not allowed.

If a voter can not come to the constituency for health reasons or because of looking after a sick family member, the Precinct Election Commission will organize voting in the place of this voter’s stay upon the voter’s written request. The appeal may be filed not later than 12.00 Astana time (UTC/GMT +6 hours) on April 26, 2015.

Moreover, if a voter is in other city on an election day, the voter can get an absentee ballot for the voting right.

The Council of Kazakhstan's Assembly of People voiced an initiative of holding early presidential election in February 2015.

The Council said that the nation-wide initiative of holding the election is a requirement of time in terms of intensifying the global economic crisis and the complex international agenda.

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