Following incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s call for early elections, Kazakhstani citizens will head to the polls on April 26 to vote for their next President. In a nationwide address, President Nazarbayev said the presidential election had been moved in order to prevent an overlap with upcoming parliamentary elections.
While some observers have suggested that the early election is crucial in allowing the next President time to tackle challenges facing the country’s struggling oil-dependent economy, this will be Kazakhstan’s fourth consecutive early election. President Nazarbayev has been in office since 1991 and, in 2010, was given privileged legal status as Kazakhstan’s "Leader of the Nation" and significant political powers for life.
To help you understand this important election, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Kazakhstan: 2015 Presidential Election. IFES FAQs include:
- How is the voter registry managed and maintained?
- What laws regulate presidential elections in Kazakhstan?
- How will the campaigns be financed?
- What is the legal process for electoral dispute adjudication?
Download IFES' FAQs on Elections in Kazakhstan: 2015 Presidential Election.
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