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On June 9, citizens of Kazakhstan went to the polls for an early presidential election, which 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, IFES provides Frequently Asked Questions on Elections in Kazakhstan: 2019 Early Presidential Election.
Kazakhstan's parliamentary elections were originally slated for late 2016, when the lower house’s five-year term was set to expire. However, following a parliamentary initiative, Kazakhstan’s President, Nursultan Nazarbaev, dissolved the lower house of the country’s Parliament, the Majilis, and called snap parliamentary elections for March 20.
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.
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Kazakhstan will hold snap parliamentary elections on January 15, 2012. Anthony Bowyer, IFES program manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia, tells us how this will affect the parties running in the election and what it really means for democracy in the country.
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In January, Kazakhstan's Constitutional Court ruled against a bid backed by the country's parliament to bypass next year's presidential election and hold a referendum to extend President Nursultan Nazarbayev's term until 2020.