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Elections in Kazakhstan: 2019 Early Presidential Election


On June 9, citizens of Kazakhstan will go to the polls for an early presidential election.

Having ruled 29 years, 78-year old President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his retirement in March. Nazarbayev has served as independent Kazakhstan’s leader since its inception in 1991 and was named the first president of Kazakhstan prior to independence by the Supreme Soviet in April 1990. Given that the presidential change will be the first of its kind in almost 30 years, it will become a defining moment of 21st century Kazakhstan, affecting political life at all levels and citizen interaction with their government for years to come.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Kazakhstan: 2019 Early Presidential Election. IFES FAQs include:

  • What is the legal framework for the 2019 election?
  • How many candidates were nominated?
  • How is the president elected?
  • When will official results be announced?